Scientific program for MMN2018

Key note speakers:

Emeritus Professor Pat Michie, School of Psychology, Functional Neuroimaging Laboratory, University of Newcastle: "Pathways to psychosis – insights from mismatch negativity in the clinic to animal models"

Professor Laurel Trainor, McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind, McMaster University: “Rhythm and prediction: measuring event-related potentials and neural oscillations to understand musical experience”
Confirmed symposia in MMN2018

Neurocomputational models of the MMN

Chairs: Dr. Anne Caclin and Prof. Erich Schröger

  1. Sue Denham, Plymouth University, UK: "Computational models of auditory scene analysis and auditory regularities extraction"
  2. Marta Garrido, University of Queensland, Australia: "Reduced top-down connectivity as an underlying mechanism for psychotic experiences in healthy people"
  3. Françoise Lecaignard, Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, France: "Contextual adaptation of perceptual learning during passive listening: a computational and neurophysiological approach"

Expecting the unexpected across multiple neural and temporal scales

Prof. Carles Escera & Prof. Leon Deouell

  1. Maria Chait & Sijia Chao (University College London, Great Britain): "Norepinephrine signals surprisal: Evidence from human pupil dilation to pattern changes"
  2. Tristan Bekinschtein (University of Cambridge, Great Britain): "Do brain processes to different stimuli share detection cortical mechanisms?"
  3. Jordi Costa-Faidella (Institute of Neurosciences - University Of Barcelona), Marta Ortega-Llebaria, Carles Escera: "Lexical prediction errors affect low-level acoustic processing"
  4. Leon Deouell (Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Research and Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel): "Seeing the big picture – time scales of automatic prediction in temporal and frontal cortex"

Animal models

Chairs: Prof. Manuel Malmierca and Prof. Dean Salisbury

  1. Manuel Malmierca (University of Salamanca, Spain): “Emergence of deviance detection along the auditory neuroaxis: The neuronal basis of predictive coding?”
  2. Tobias Teichert (University of Pittsburgh, USA): “Stimulus-specific adaptation and deviance detection in primary auditory cortex of the awake non-human primate"
  3. Wolfer von der Behrens (University of Zurich, Switzerland): "Deviance detection in the rat primary somatosensory cortex"
  4. Misako Komatsu (RIKEN Brain Science Institute (BSI), Saitama, Japan): “Effects of ketamine administrations on frequency and duration mismatch activity in common marmosets with whole-cortical electrocorticograms"

Same but different: visual MMN

Chairs: Dr. Urte Roeber and Dr. Piia Astikainen

  1. Dagmar Müller (Institute for Psychology, Leipzig University, Germany): Müller: "Visual mismatch negativity to invisible violations of target-object contingencies"
  2. István Czigler (Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Budapest, Hungary): "Visual mismatch negativity to deleted features: object effects of spatial attention and aging”
  3. Gabor Stefanics (Translational Neuromodeling Unit (TNU), University of Zurich & ETH Zurich, Switzerland): "A single-trial erp analysis of prediction errors during visual mismatch: A computational modeling study"

Attention, expectation, and awareness: contributions from MMN

Chairs: Prof. Kimmo Alho and Prof. Elyse Sussman

  1. Andrew Dykstra (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany): "Does the mismatch negativity operate on conscious stimulus representations? Evidence from MEG and informational masking"
  2. Claude Alain (University of Toronto, Canada): "Attentional blink: A window into auditory perceptual awareness"
  3. Elyse Sussman (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA): "Stimulus expectations and implicit learning: influences on MMN"

Deviance detection in early life

Chairs: Prof. István Winkler and Prof. Paavo Leppänen

  1. Nicole Wetzel (Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology, Magdeburg, Germany): "Pupil dilation in response to unexpected emotional novel sounds in infants and adults"
  2. Phillip M. Gilley (Neurodynamics Laboratory, Institute of Cognitive Science, University of Colorado, Boulder, USA): "The role of infant sleep states in early perceptual development"
  3. Gábor P. Háden (Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and Psychology, Research Centre for Natural Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary): "Beats babies miss, beats babies match"
  4. Kaisa Lohvansuu (Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä, Finland): "Infant brain responses reveal speech perception as a predictor of reading skills in adolescence"

MMN as a biomarker of developmental disorders: dream or reality?

Chairs: Prof. Valerie Shafer and Prof. Teija Kujala

  1. Marie Gomot (University of Tours, France): "MMN as a potential neurophysiological marker of Autism Spectrum Disorder"
  2. Valerie Shafer (City University of New York, USA): "Neural indices of speech perception in late-talking toddlers"
  3. Paula Virtala & Eino Partanen (University of Helsinki, Finland): "Neural markers of dyslexia in the developing brain"

MMN in language processing

Chairs: Prof. Thomas Jacobsen and Dr. Alina Leminen

  1. Valéria Csépe & Ferenc Honbolygo (Hungarian Academy of Sciences): "MMN sensitivity to suprasegmental irregularities in speech"
  2. Stefan Elmer (University of Zürich): "Benefits and pitfalls of MMN responses for tracking the multifaceted dimensions of speech processing and learning"
  3. Friedemann Pulvermüller & Luigi Grisoni (Freie Universität Berlin): "MMN, prediction and the readiness potential - is there a relationship?"
  4. Sari Ylinen (University of Helsinki): "The effects of a speech-based learning game on children’s MMN for foreign words"

Music and MMN

Chairs: Dr. Minna Huotilainen and Dr. Vesa Putkinen

  1. Peter Vuust (Aarhus University, Denmark): "The MMN as a marker of predictive coding in music
    - Extending the Musical Multi-feature Paradigm"
  2. Anne Caclin (Lyon Neuroscience Research Center, France): "Pitch perception and memory: Insights from MEG/EEG studies in congenital amusia"
  3. Vesa Putkinen (University of Turku, Finland): "The impact of musical training on brain development: Current state of evidence"

MMN in neuropsychiatry

Chairs: Prof. Patricia Michie and Prof. Hirooki Yabe

  1. Hirooki Yabe and Tetsuya Shiga (Fukushima, Japan): "MMN deficiency as a neurophysiological biomarker in patients with schizophrenia"
  2. Greg Light (San Diego, USA): "Using MMN to Accelerate the Pace of Development for CNS Therapeutics"
  3. Juanita Todd (Newcastle, Australia): "MMN as an index of automatic 'relevance filtering' in schizophrenia"


Chairs: Prof. Elvira Brattico & Prof. Friedemann Pulvermuller

  1. Yury Shtyrov (Aarhus University, Denmark): “Neural signatures of novel word acquisition in the oddball paradigm and beyond”
  2. Bettina Mohr (Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany): “Using the MMN for tracking language recovery in the neurorehabilitation of post-stroke aphasia”
  3. John Connolly (McMaster University, Canada): “MMN changes in brain injury: from concussion to coma”
  4. Elvira Brattico (Aarhus University, Denmark): “Genetic modulations of MMN plastic adaptations

Panel discussion in the MMN2018 afterparty

The panel discussion on the future of the MMN:

  • Chairperson: Maija Peltola
  • Panelists: Istvan Winkler, Manuel S. Malmierca & Minna Huotilainen