Aggregate neural responses to speech sounds in the central auditory system

Nina Kraus*, Trent Nicol

*Corresponding author for this work

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The fundamental complexity of speech - in both the spectral and temporal domains - elicits extensive dynamic activity from a broad neural population. Evoked potentials rely on a summation of synchronous aggregate neural activity, making them especially suitable for speech-sound investigation. This paper summarizes research from our lab that demonstrates the efficacy of speech-evoked responses in addressing three fundamental issues. First, the neural bases of left-brain specialization to speech are investigated in an animal model. Second, studies are aimed at inferring the underlying causes of certain language-based learning disabilities. Finally, in a series of before-and-after designs, the underlying neural plasticity that accompanies directed speech-sound training is explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-47
Number of pages13
JournalSpeech Communication
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 2003


  • Auditory
  • Evoked responses
  • Neural
  • Perception
  • Perceptual learning
  • Plasticity
  • Speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Communication
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Science Applications


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