If the interpeak intervals in the auditory brain stem response (ABR) are assumed to be statistically independent variables that represent the neural transmission time between loci, then the absolute latency of an ABR wave is the sum of the transmission times between successive loci. Consequently, the correlations between the absolute latencies of the ABR waves would be partwhole correlations whose expected values are appreciably different from r = 0. We derived the expected values of the correlations between the latencies of the ABR waves on the assumption that their latencies are the sum of independent elements (transmission times) and found them to be 0.707, 0.577, and 0.81 6 for I. III, I. V, and III-V, respectively. In addition, the expected values of the correlations between the latencies of the ABR waves assuming that the absolute wave latencies themselves are independent variables (e.g., rl = 0) were derived. Several of the correlations among interpeak and between the interpeak and absolute latencies were demonstrated to be appreciably different from r = 0. It would appear that it is more reasonable to assume that the elements (transmission times) rather than the component latencies are the variables of choice for statistical analysis of ABR data.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Speech and Hearing