When brain regions talk to each other during speech processing, what are they talking about? Commentary on Gow and Olson (2015)
SourceLanguage, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31, 7, (2016), pp. 860-863
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Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
SubjectDI-BCB_DCC_Theme 1: Language and Communication; Psycholinguistics
This commentary on Gow and Olson [2015. Sentential influences on acoustic-phonetic processing: A Granger causality analysis of multimodal imaging data. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. Advance online publication. doi:10.1080/23273798.2015.1029498] questions in three ways their conclusion that speech perception is based on interactive processing. First, it is not clear that the data presented by Gow and Olson reflect normal speech recognition. Second, Gow and Olson's conclusion depends on still-debated assumptions about the functions performed by specific brain regions. Third, the results are compatible with feedforward models of speech perception and appear inconsistent with models in which there are online interactions about phonological content. We suggest that progress in the neuroscience of speech perception requires the generation of testable hypotheses about the function(s) performed by inter-regional connections.
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