Stability of Auditory Discrimination and Novelty Processing in Physiological Aging

Alberto Raggi, Domenica Tasca, Francesco Rundo, Raffaele Ferri
2013 Behavioural Neurology  
Complex higher-order cognitive functions and their possible changes with aging are mandatory objectives of cognitive neuroscience. Event-related potentials (ERPs) allow investigators to probe the earliest stages of information processing. N100, Mismatch negativity (MMN) and P3a are auditory ERP components that reflect automatic sensory discrimination. The aim of the present study was to determine if N100, MMN and P3a parameters are stable in healthy aged subjects, compared to those of normal
more » ... ng adults. Normal young adults and older participants were assessed using standardized cognitive functional instruments and their ERPs were obtained with an auditory stimulation at two different interstimulus intervals, during a passive paradigm. All individuals were within the normal range on cognitive tests. No significant differences were found for any ERP parameters obtained from the two age groups. This study shows that aging is characterized by a stability of the auditory discrimination and novelty processing. This is important for the arrangement of normative for the detection of subtle preclinical changes due to abnormal brain aging.
doi:10.1155/2013/462462 pmid:23242351 pmcid:PMC5215744 fatcat:2kcccjhtsvcedapiyelz2e6v6m