Speech perception takes precedence over nonspeech perception

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Science  10 Jul 1987:
Vol. 237, Issue 4811, pp. 169-171
DOI: 10.1126/science.3603014


Some components of a speech signal, when made more intense, are heard simultaneously as speech and nonspeech--a form of duplex perception. At lower intensities, the speech alone is heard. Such intensity-dependent duplexity implies the existence of a phonetic mode of perception that takes precedence over auditory modes.

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