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Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Application

Dear Colleagues,


We would like to announce the Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Application


When:                  May 1-4, 2012

Where:                 The Graduate Center, City University of New York, 365 Fifth

                                Avenue, NY, NY 10016


Email:    MMN2012@xxxxxxxxxxx

Website: http://mmn2012nyc.org


The Sixth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Application is designed to bring together a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, postdoctoral fellows, and students who use, or who are interested in using, this electrophysiological technique to investigate clinical and basic science questions related to auditory function and their disorders. This forum will allow attendees to exchange ideas and foster collaborations, and to discuss and share recent research advances in using the MMN as a tool for scientific investigation. The conference will be comprised of symposia, keynote addresses, poster presentations, and workshops for professional skill development. This will be the first time the meeting will be held in the United States since its inception in Helsinki, Finland in 1998. 


The Opening Talk, on the evening of May 1, 2012, will be given by Dr. Walter Ritter

Reception will follow.


Keynote Speakers and Topics:


Dr. Catherine Best, University of Western Sydney, Australia   

Cross-linguistic speech perception and perceptual constancy in childhood

Dr. Scott Makeig, Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience, California, USA

Time-frequency and independent components analyses in MMN research

Dr. Risto Näätänen, The University of Tartu, Estonia andThe University of Arhus, Denmark

                The MMN - a unique index of cognitive decline in neuropsychiatric and neurological disorders

Dr. Klaus Oberauer, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Computational modeling of working memory

Dr. Mitchell Steinschneider, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA

Neural mechanisms of sound perception



SYMPOSIA – MAY 2-4, 2012

Symposium Title


Genetic, neurochemical and neurodevelopmental underpinnings of involuntary attention

Carles Escera

Clinical MMN studies

Catherine Fischer and Pat Michie

Infant and Child Development

Dennis Molfese


Thomas Jacobsen and Friedemann Pulvermuller

Music and MMN: Measuring neuroplastic effects of musical experience

Laurel Trainor

Neural mechanisms of MMN

Yonatan Fishman and Manuel Malmierca

Psychiatric disorders

Daniel Mathalon and Dean Salisbury

Theories of MMN

Erich Schröger and Istvan Winkler

Visual and multisensory MMN

Istvan Czigler and John Foxe


There will be a series of pre-meeting workshops held on May 1, prior to the opening talk and reception. The workshops are intended for beginner and advanced users of the MMN methodology. The format will be interactive, to encourage question-asking and discussion on the following topics.



Morning (Beginner’s Methods)



What is the MMN component?

Torsten Baldeweg

Which analysis for MMN?

Marie-Helene Giard

Using MMN to study multisensory processing

Trevor Penney

Designing MMN paradigms to test auditory processing in infant and non-compliant populations

Valerie Shafer


Afternoon (Advanced Methods)

Time-frequency analysis of MMN

Christoph Herrmann

Linear techniques in analysis of high-spatial density EEG

Lucas Parra

Objective detection of MMN

Curtis Ponton

Virtual sensors to analyze the MMN

Michael Scherg



If you would like to be on our mailing list, please send your name and email address to MMN2012@xxxxxxxxxxx



Sincerely yours,


Elyse S. Sussman

Valerie L. Shafer