Auditory and visual P300 topography from a 3 stimulus paradigm

  • Katayama J
  • Polich J
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Objective: The P300 event-related brain potential (ERP) was elicited with auditory and visual stimuli in a separate session of a 3 stimulus oddball paradigm, and the scalp topography was assessed with 15 electrode locations. Methods: Target (0.10), standard (0.80), and infrequent non- target (0.10) stimuli in the auditory task were 2000, 1000 and 500 Hz tone, and in the visual task, 'X', 'O', and 'H', respectively. The stimuli were presented in a random series, once every 2 s, and participants responded only to the target (N = 12). Results: Target stimuli elicited larger P300 components than non-target did in both stimulus modalities. For both target and non-target stimuli, P300 amplitude was larger and latency longer for the visual compared with the auditory stimulus. Analysis of normalized P300 amplitude data indicated that the target and non-target P300s from both modalities had identical topography. Conclusion: The findings suggest that both target and non-target stimuli in 3 stimulus oddball paradigm elicited the same type of P300 (P3b) for both stimulus modalities.

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  • Event-related potential
  • Modality
  • P300
  • Three stimulus
  • Topography

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