Auditory evoked potentials as probes of hemispheric differences in cognitive processing

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Science  23 Sep 1977:
Vol. 197, Issue 4310, pp. 1295-1298
DOI: 10.1126/science.897671


The amplitude of auditory evoked potentials recorded from the cerebral hemispheres to pairs of task-irrelevant tones was related to differential hemispheric engagement in ongoing cognitive activity (for example, verbal versus musical). The hemisphere hypothesized to be most engaged in the ongoing cognitive task, as compared to the unengaged hemisphere, produced a greater potential difference between the temporal and reference electrode to the second of the tone pairs. These findings are related to "fast habituation" and "recovery cycle.".