Neural Processing of Backwards-Speech Sounds

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Science  26 Jul 1968:
Vol. 161, Issue 3839, pp. 395-396
DOI: 10.1126/science.161.3839.395


When sounds such as those produced by reverse playback of recorded speech are presented to left and right ears of normal subjects, the sounds arriving at the right ear are more accurately identified than those arriving at the left. These findings are comparable to the right-ear superiority demonstrated with normal speech sounds, and contrast with the left-ear superiority for musical and other non-speech sounds. It is suggested that the neural mechanisms underlying the perception of speech and non-speech sounds are not differentiated along the dimension of conceptual content.

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