The P3(00) event-related brain potential (ERP) was elicited using auditory stimuli and tasks in which the subject discriminated between standard and target tones or with passive task conditions in which the subject did not respond to either the standard or target stimuli. All stimulus presentations consisted of a series of ten-tone sequences in which the first six tones were always the standard and one of the last four tones was the target. The passive tasks were presented twice to assess for habituation effects. P3 amplitude was largest for the oddball task compared to the passive tasks, and repetition of the passive paradigm demonstrated a decrease in amplitude between conditions. P3 amplitude did not decrease across trials within any of the separate response conditions. P3 latency was shorter for the active discrimination relative to the passive tasks. The results suggest that the P3 component can be obtained reliably with passive procedures and does not habituate within a trial block. However, repeated blocks of passive stimulus presentations will cause the P3 ERP to diminish in size.