Interactions between auditory and somatosensory feedback for voice F 0 control

Charles R. Larson, Kenneth W. Altman, Hanjun Liu, Timothy C. Hain

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Previous studies have demonstrated the importance of both kinesthetic and auditory feedback for control of voice fundamental frequency (F 0). In the present study, a possible interaction between auditory feedback and kinesthetic feedback for control of voice F 0 was tested by administering local anesthetic to the vocal folds in the presence of perturbations in voice pitch feedback. Responses to pitch-shifted voice feedback were larger when the vocal fold mucosa was anesthetized than during normal kinesthesia. A mathematical model incorporating a linear combination of kinesthesia and pitch feedback simulated the main aspects of our experimental results. This model indicates that a feasible explanation for the increase in response magnitude with vocal fold anesthesia is that the vocal motor system uses both pitch and kinesthesia to stabilize voice F 0 shortly after a perturbation of voice pitch feedback has been perceived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)613-621
Number of pages9
JournalExperimental Brain Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 2008


  • Anesthetization
  • Auditory feedback
  • Larynx
  • Somatosensory
  • Vocalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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