Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Author's Response
Rolf Verlager (1988). Event-related potentials and cognition: A critique of the context updating hypothesis and an alternative interpretation of P3. BBS 11:343–427.

Toward an integration of P3 research with cognitive neuroscience

Rolf Verleger a1
a1 Department of Neurology, Medical University of Lübeck, D 23538 Lübeck, Germany [email protected]


In this response, I will first summarize my 1988 argument on the issue of expectancy. Second, I will re-evaluate that argument in the light of the findings made by Sommer et al. and by others. Third, I will describe some other problems with the 1988 views. Fourth, I will outline the direction in which I feel that a hypothesis on the P3 complex should be pursued further.