Hemispheric Asymmetry of Electrocortical Responses to Speech Stimuli

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Science  08 Oct 1971:
Vol. 174, Issue 4005, pp. 164-166
DOI: 10.1126/science.174.4005.164


In a group of normal adults, averaged cortical evoked responses to natural speech stimuli were recorded from scalp electrodes placed symmetrically over the two cerebral hemispheres at frontal, Rolandic, and temporoparietal leads. The amplitude of the most prominent component was consistently larger in left hemisphere derivations, with the major hemisphere difference observed in the temporoparietal records. These electrophysiological measures may be sensitive indicators of hemispheric specialization of function.