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Speech-specific auditory processing: Where is it?

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Are speech-specific processes localized in dedicated cortical regions or do they emerge from developmental plasticity in the connections among non-dedicated regions? Here we claim that all the brain regions activated by the processing of auditory speech can be re-classified according to whether they respond to non-verbal environmental sounds, pitch changes, unfamiliar melodies, or conceptual processes. We therefore argue that speech-specific processing emerges from differential demands on auditory and conceptual processes that are shared by speech and non-speech stimuli. This has implications for domain- vs. process-specific cognitive models, and for the relative importance of segregation and integration in functional anatomy. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Author(s): Price C, Thierry G, Griffiths T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Year: 2005

Volume: 9

Issue: 6

Pages: 271-276

Print publication date: 01/06/2005

ISSN (print): 1364-6613

ISSN (electronic): 1879-307X

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2005.03.009

PubMed id: 15925805


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Wellcome Trust
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