Modulation of the P2 component in each syllable and condition. A. Grand average ERPs for words with initial, medial, and final stress-conditions shown separately at a midline (Cz) electrode position (upper left side). A very similar morphology of the P2 component for initial and final stress conditions can be observed in the topographical maps (upper right side). The difference waveform of the mean amplitude at the corresponding P2 time-window is shown for the first and third syllable for the initial and final stress condition, respectively: 1. initial stress (initial stress minus final stress conditions); 2. final stress (final stress minus initial stress conditions). Isovoltage mapping with spherical spline interpolation was used to depict the scalp distribution of the difference waveforms. No differences were found in the scalp distribution of both P2 components [Condition (first syllable, initial stress; last syllable, final stress) x electrode locations (29 electrodes): F(28, 364) = 1.01; P > 0.41]. B. The mean amplitude (standard error of the mean) for the peak-to-peak N1-P2 component at a midline (Cz) location for each syllable and condition.