Intertrial auditory neural stability supports beat synchronization in preschoolers

Kali Woodruff Carr, Adam Tierney, Travis White-Schwoch, Nina Kraus*

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The ability to synchronize motor movements along with an auditory beat places stringent demands on the temporal processing and sensorimotor integration capabilities of the nervous system. Links between millisecond-level precision of auditory processing and the consistency of sensorimotor beat synchronization implicate fine auditory neural timing as a mechanism for forming stable internal representations of, and behavioral reactions to, sound. Here, for the first time, we demonstrate a systematic relationship between consistency of beat synchronization and trial-by-trial stability of subcortical speech processing in preschoolers (ages 3 and 4 years old). We conclude that beat synchronization might provide a useful window into millisecond-level neural precision for encoding sound in early childhood, when speech processing is especially important for language acquisition and development.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)76-82
Number of pages7
JournalDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience
StatePublished - Feb 2016


  • Auditory processing
  • Children
  • FFR
  • Sensorimotor beat synchronization
  • Speech processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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