Resting-state glutamatergic neurotransmission is related to the peak latency of the auditory mismatch negativity (MMN) for duration deviants: An 1H-MRS-EEG study

Mismatch negativity (MMN), an ERP elicited by a deviant stimulus in a train of standard stimuli, has been suggested to be associated to glutamatergic neurotransmission, mediated by glutamatergic NMDA receptors.


In this study, we examined the relationship between interindividual variation of 1H-MRS-measured glutamate+glutamine (Glx) in the superior temporal gyrus and MMN for duration and frequency deviants in 19 healthy young adults (9 male). We found a significant relationship between the peak latency of the duration-MMN peak and creatine-scaled Glx (p = .0003, η2 = .43), with increased Glx level being associated to earlier peak of the duration-MMN (r = −.63). In contrast, the amplitude of the duration-MMN was not related to Glx. There was no significant relationship between Glx and the frequency-MMN. The present study is the first to demonstrate that interindividual variation in the glutamatergic neurotransmission affects the MMN response in healthy individuals.

Psychophysiology, 2015, DOI: 10.1111/psyp.12445

Published May 18, 2015 7:00 AM