How superior temporal cortex processes “the sound image of words”
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The human superior temporal gyrus is critical for extracting meaningful linguistic features from acoustic speech inputs. Local neural populations are tuned to acoustic-phonetic features of all consonants and vowels, as well as dynamic cues for intonational pitch. These populations are embedded throughout broader functional zones that are sensitive to amplitude-based temporal cues for prosody. Together, the distributed feature selectivity for phonetic and prosodic cues have generated a new and granular map of temporal cortex function. Beyond speech features, cortical representations are strongly modulated by learned knowledge and perceptual goals. I will review emerging insights on the remarkable emergent phonological computations that take place in this cortical region at the core of Wernicke’s area.

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Meeting ID: 998 3086 6951
Passcode: 543965
Date: 29 April 2021, 16:00 (Thursday, 1st week, Trinity 2021)
Venue: Venue to be announced
Speaker: Professor Eddie Chang (University of California)
Organising department: Department of Experimental Psychology
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Host: Professor Kate Watkins (University of Oxford)
Part of: Departmental Seminar Series (Experimental Psychology)
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Members of the University only
Editors: Stephanie Mcclain, Halley Cohen, Regula Dent