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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193452/the-core-and-beyond-in-the-language-ready-brain
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Peter Hagoort
In this paper a general cognitive architecture of spoken language processing is specified. This is followed by an account of how this cognitive architecture is instantiated in the human brain. Both the spatial aspects of the networks for language are discussed, as well as the temporal dynamics and the underlying neurophysiology. A distinction is proposed between networks for coding/decoding linguistic information and additional networks for getting from coded meaning to speaker meaning, i.e. for making the inferences that enable the listener to understand the intentions of the speaker...
February 11, 2017: Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174545/categorization-of-natural-whistled-vowels-by-na%C3%A3-ve-listeners-of-different-language-background
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Julien Meyer, Laure Dentel, Fanny Meunier
Whistled speech in a non-tonal language consists of the natural emulation of vocalic and consonantal qualities in a simple modulated whistled signal. This special speech register represents a natural telecommunication system that enables high levels of sentence intelligibility by trained speakers and is not directly intelligible to naïve listeners. Yet, it is easily learned by speakers of the language that is being whistled, as attested by the current efforts of the revitalization of whistled Spanish in the Canary Islands...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065607/integer-ratio-priors-on-musical-rhythm-revealed-cross-culturally-by-iterated-reproduction
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Nori Jacoby, Josh H McDermott
Probability distributions over external states (priors) are essential to the interpretation of sensory signals. Priors for cultural artifacts such as music and language remain largely uncharacterized, but likely constrain cultural transmission, because only those signals with high probability under the prior can be reliably reproduced and communicated. We developed a method to estimate priors for simple rhythms via iterated reproduction of random temporal sequences. Listeners were asked to reproduce random "seed" rhythms; their reproductions were fed back as the stimulus and over time became dominated by internal biases, such that the prior could be estimated by applying the procedure multiple times...
February 6, 2017: Current Biology: CB
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045787/some-neurocognitive-correlates-of-noise-vocoded-speech-perception-in-children-with-normal-hearing-a-replication-and-extension-of-eisenberg-et-al-2002
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Adrienne S Roman, David B Pisoni, William G Kronenberger, Kathleen F Faulkner
OBJECTIVES: Noise-vocoded speech is a valuable research tool for testing experimental hypotheses about the effects of spectral degradation on speech recognition in adults with normal hearing (NH). However, very little research has utilized noise-vocoded speech with children with NH. Earlier studies with children with NH focused primarily on the amount of spectral information needed for speech recognition without assessing the contribution of neurocognitive processes to speech perception and spoken word recognition...
December 27, 2016: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032652/the-specificity-of-sound-symbolic-correspondences-in-spoken-language
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Christina Y Tzeng, Lynne C Nygaard, Laura L Namy
Although language has long been regarded as a primarily arbitrary system, sound symbolism, or non-arbitrary correspondences between the sound of a word and its meaning, also exists in natural language. Previous research suggests that listeners are sensitive to sound symbolism. However, little is known about the specificity of these mappings. This study investigated whether sound symbolic properties correspond to specific meanings, or whether these properties generalize across semantic dimensions. In three experiments, native English-speaking adults heard sound symbolic foreign words for dimensional adjective pairs (big/small, round/pointy, fast/slow, moving/still) and for each foreign word, selected a translation among English antonyms that either matched or mismatched with the correct meaning dimension...
December 29, 2016: Cognitive Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018132/the-gender-congruency-effect-during-bilingual-spoken-word-recognition
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Luis Morales, Daniela Paolieri, Paola E Dussias, Jorge R Valdés Kroff, Chip Gerfen, María Teresa Bajo
We investigate the 'gender-congruency' effect during a spoken-word recognition task using the visual world paradigm. Eye movements of Italian-Spanish bilinguals and Spanish monolinguals were monitored while they viewed a pair of objects on a computer screen. Participants listened to instructions in Spanish (encuentra la bufanda / 'find the scarf') and clicked on the object named in the instruction. Grammatical gender of the objects' name was manipulated so that pairs of objects had the same (congruent) or different (incongruent) gender in Italian, but gender in Spanish was always congruent...
March 2016: Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992480/vocal-imitations-of-non-vocal-sounds
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Guillaume Lemaitre, Olivier Houix, Frédéric Voisin, Nicolas Misdariis, Patrick Susini
Imitative behaviors are widespread in humans, in particular whenever two persons communicate and interact. Several tokens of spoken languages (onomatopoeias, ideophones, and phonesthemes) also display different degrees of iconicity between the sound of a word and what it refers to. Thus, it probably comes at no surprise that human speakers use a lot of imitative vocalizations and gestures when they communicate about sounds, as sounds are notably difficult to describe. What is more surprising is that vocal imitations of non-vocal everyday sounds (e...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936407/sentence-context-influences-the-subjective-perception-of-foreign-accents
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Sara Incera, Amee P Shah, Conor T McLennan, Matthew T Wetzel
We examined whether sentence context (the predictability of the final word) influences listeners' ratings of foreign-accented words. Previous work has demonstrated that accent manipulations affect listeners' processing of spoken language. We examined the converse of this relationship; whether context manipulations affect listeners' perceptions of accents. If there is a bidirectional relationship, listeners should be more likely to rate an accent as strong when the accented word is not predicted by the sentence...
January 2017: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27780377/parent-perceptions-of-their-child-s-communication-and-academic-experiences-with-cochlear-implants
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Lauri H Nelson, Lindsey Herde, Karen Munoz, Karl R White, Michael D Page
OBJECTIVE: To explore parent perceptions of communication and academic experiences of cochlear implant (CI) recipients under the age of 18. DESIGN: Cross-sectional survey design. Two surveys (K-12, birth-5) queried parent perceptions of the impact of CI on communication, listening in various environments and academic achievement. Surveys contained 16-23 multiple choice and/or Likert ratings, plus four open-ended questions to assess reasons for obtaining a CI, satisfaction with CI and suggestions for professionals...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Audiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761281/assessment-of-the-speech-intelligibility-performance-of-post-lingual-cochlear-implant-users-at-different-signal-to-noise-ratios-using-the-turkish-matrix-test
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Zahra Polat, Erdoğan Bulut, Ahmet Ataş
BACKGROUND: Spoken word recognition and speech perception tests in quiet are being used as a routine in assessment of the benefit which children and adult cochlear implant users receive from their devices. Cochlear implant users generally demonstrate high level performances in these test materials as they are able to achieve high level speech perception ability in quiet situations. Although these test materials provide valuable information regarding Cochlear Implant (CI) users' performances in optimal listening conditions, they do not give realistic information regarding performances in adverse listening conditions, which is the case in the everyday environment...
September 2016: Balkan Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27758161/temporal-precision-and-the-capacity-of-auditory-verbal-short-term-memory
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Rebecca A Gilbert, Graham J Hitch, Tom Hartley
The capacity of serially ordered auditory-verbal short-term memory (AVSTM) is sensitive to the timing of the material to be stored, and both temporal processing and AVSTM capacity are implicated in the development of language. We developed a novel "rehearsal-probe" task to investigate the relationship between temporal precision and the capacity to remember serial order. Participants listened to a sub-span sequence of spoken digits and silently rehearsed the items and their timing during an unfilled retention interval...
October 19, 2016: Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology: QJEP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721078/learning-by-listening-to-lectures-is-a-challenge-for-college-students-with-developmental-language-impairment
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Toni C Becker, Karla K McGregor
BACKGROUND: Increasing numbers of students with developmental language impairment (LI) are pursuing post-secondary education. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether college students with LI find spoken lectures to be a challenging learning context. METHOD: Study participants were college students, 34 with LI and 34 with normal language development (ND). Each took a baseline test of general topic knowledge, watched and listened to a 30min lecture, and took a posttest on specific information from the lecture...
November 2016: Journal of Communication Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27710964/stress-effects-in-vowel-perception-as-a-function-of-language-specific-vocabulary-patterns
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Natasha Warner, Anne Cutler
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Evidence from spoken word recognition suggests that for English listeners, distinguishing full versus reduced vowels is important, but discerning stress differences involving the same full vowel (as in mu- from music or museum) is not. In Dutch, in contrast, the latter distinction is important. This difference arises from the relative frequency of unstressed full vowels in the two vocabularies. The goal of this paper is to determine how this difference in the lexicon influences the perception of stressed versus unstressed vowels...
October 7, 2016: Phonetica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701701/a-look-into-the-crystal-ball-for-children-who-are-deaf-or-hard-of-hearing-needs-opportunities-and-challenges
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Christine Yoshinaga-Itano, Mallene Wiggin
Hearing is essential for the development of speech, spoken language, and listening skills. Children previously went undiagnosed with hearing loss until they were 2.5 or 3 years of age. The auditory deprivation during this critical period of development significantly impacted long-term listening and spoken language outcomes. Due to the advent of universal newborn hearing screening, the average age of diagnosis has dropped to the first few months of life, which sets the stage for outcomes that include children with speech, spoken language, and auditory skill testing in the normal range...
November 2016: Seminars in Speech and Language
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27640139/modulation-of-scene-consistency-and-task-demand-on-language-driven-eye-movements-for-audio-visual-integration
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Wan-Yun Yu, Jie-Li Tsai
Previous psycholinguistic studies have demonstrated that people tend to direct fixations toward the visual object to which spoken input refers during language comprehension. However, it is still unclear how the visual scene, especially the semantic consistency between object and background, affects the word-object mapping process during comprehension. Two visual world paradigm experiments were conducted to investigate how the scene consistency dynamically influenced the language-driven eye movements in a speech comprehension and a scene comprehension task...
November 2016: Acta Psychologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27608372/benefits-of-simultaneous-bilateral-cochlear-implantation-on-verbal-reasoning-skills-in-prelingually-deaf-children
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Evi Jacobs, Margreet C Langereis, Johan H M Frijns, Rolien H Free, Andre Goedegebure, Cas Smits, Robert J Stokroos, Saskia A M Ariens-Meijer, Emmanuel A M Mylanus, Anneke M Vermeulen
BACKGROUND: Impaired auditory speech perception abilities in deaf children with hearing aids compromised their verbal intelligence enormously. The availability of unilateral cochlear implantation (CI) auditory speech perception and spoken vocabulary enabled them to reach near ageappropriate levels. This holds especially for children in spoken language environments. However, speech perception in complex listening situations and the acquisition of complex verbal skills remains difficult...
November 2016: Research in Developmental Disabilities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27605531/effect-of-informational-content-of-noise-on-speech-representation-in-the-aging-midbrain-and-cortex
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Alessandro Presacco, Jonathan Z Simon, Samira Anderson
The ability to understand speech is significantly degraded by aging, particularly in noisy environments. One way that older adults cope with this hearing difficulty is through the use of contextual cues. Several behavioral studies have shown that older adults are better at following a conversation when the target speech signal has high contextual content or when the background distractor is not meaningful. Specifically, older adults gain significant benefit in focusing on and understanding speech if the background is spoken by a talker in a language that is not comprehensible to them (i...
November 1, 2016: Journal of Neurophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27576745/neural-mechanisms-of-eye-contact-when-listening-to-another-person-talking
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Jing Jiang, Kamila Borowiak, Luke Tudge, Carolin Otto, Katharina von Kriegstein
Eye contact occurs frequently and voluntarily during face-to-face verbal communication. However, the neural mechanisms underlying eye contact when it is accompanied by spoken language remain unexplored to date. Here we used a novel approach, fixation-based event-related (FIBER) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to simulate the listener making eye contact with a speaker during verbal communication. Participants' eye movements and fMRI data were recorded simultaneously while they were freely viewing a pre-recorded speaker talking...
August 30, 2016: Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27477041/the-english-language-and-reading-achievement-of-a-cohort-of-deaf-students-speaking-and-signing-standard-english-a-preliminary-study
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Diane Corcoran Nielsen, Barbara Luetke, Meigan McLean, Deborah Stryker
Research suggests that English-language proficiency is critical if students who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH) are to read as their hearing peers. One explanation for the traditionally reported reading achievement plateau when students are D/HH is the inability to hear insalient English morphology. Signing Exact English can provide visual access to these features. The authors investigated the English morphological and syntactic abilities and reading achievement of elementary and middle school students at a school using simultaneously spoken and signed Standard American English facilitated by intentional listening, speech, and language strategies...
2016: American Annals of the Deaf
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27464741/music-listening-modulates-functional-connectivity-and-information-flow-in-the-human-brain
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Christof Karmonik, Anthony Brandt, Jeff Anderson, Forrest Brooks, Julie Lytle, Elliott Silverman, Jeff T Frazier
Listening to familiar music has recently been reported to be beneficial during recovery from stroke. A better understanding of changes in functional connectivity and information flow is warranted in order to further optimize and target this approach through music therapy. Twelve healthy volunteers listened to seven different auditory samples during an fMRI scanning session: a musical piece chosen by the volunteer that evokes a strong emotional response (referred to as: "self-selected emotional"), two unfamiliar music pieces (Invention #1 by J...
July 27, 2016: Brain Connectivity
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