About time: Ageing influences neural markers of temporal predictability

Pia Brinkmann, Simon Rigoulot, Melissa Kadi, Michael Schwartze, Sonja A. Kotz, Simone Dalla Bella*

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Timing abilities help organizing the temporal structure of events but are known to change systematically with age. Yet, how the neuronal signature of temporal predictability changes across the age span remains unclear. Younger (n = 21; 23.1 years) and older adults (n = 21; 68.5 years) performed an auditory oddball task, consisting of isochronous and random sound sequences. Results confirm an altered P50 response in the older compared to younger participants. P50 amplitudes differed between the isochronous and random temporal structures in younger, and for P200 in the older group. These results suggest less efficient sensory gating in older adults in both isochronous and random auditory sequences. N100 amplitudes were more negative for deviant tones. P300 amplitudes were parietally enhanced in younger, but not in older adults. In younger participants, the P50 results confirm that this component marks temporal predictability, indicating sensitive gating of temporally regular sound sequences.

Original languageEnglish
Article number108135
JournalBiological Psychology
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 11 Jun 2021

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