We manipulated stimulus intensity and number of frequency bands in auditory stimuli in order to investigate the nature of P50 in human auditory evoked potentials. Pure-tone and mixed-tone conditions were examined. For each condition, four stimulus intensities were used: 55, 70, 85 and 100 dB sound pressure level (SPL). The P50s were obtained at Cz using a repetitive stimulus paradigm. P50 amplitudes increased as stimulus intensities increased up to 85 dB; with 100 dB stimulation amplitudes decreased. The number of frequency bands in the stimulus did not affect P50 amplitude. Considered in terms of P50 suppression under a conditioning/testing paradigm, the results suggest that the P50 wave reflects activity of the sensory gating mechanism in humans.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health