Rate of acoustic change may underlie hemispheric specialization for speech perception

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Science  21 Mar 1980:
Vol. 207, Issue 4437, pp. 1380-1381
DOI: 10.1126/science.7355297


Phonemically similar syllables, differing only by temporal acoustic cues, were presented dichotically to investigate temporal processing mechanisms in hemispheric specialization for speech. Reducing the rate of acoustic change within syllables while keeping their phonemic characteristics constant significantly decreased the characteristic asymmetry in processing speech.

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