Top-down effects can modify the initially stimulus-driven auditory organization.

@article{Sussman2002TopdownEC,
  title={Top-down effects can modify the initially stimulus-driven auditory organization.},
  author={Elyse S. Sussman and Istv{\'a}n Winkler and Minna Huotilainen and Walter Ritter and Risto N{\"a}{\"a}t{\"a}nen},
  journal={Brain research. Cognitive brain research},
  year={2002},
  volume={13 3},
  pages={393-405}
}
We recorded event-related potentials (ERPs) and magnetic fields (ERFs) of the human brain to determine whether top-down control could modulate the initial organization of sound representations in the auditory cortex. We presented identical sound stimulation and manipulated top-down processes by instructing participants to either ignore the sounds (Ignore condition), to detect pitch changes (Attend-pitch condition), or to detect violations of a repeating tone pattern (Attend-pattern condition… CONTINUE READING

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