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Neuropsychologia. 2007 Apr 9;45(8):1899-910. Epub 2007 Jan 26.

Learning to recognize speakers of a non-native language: implications for the functional organization of human auditory cortex.

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Department of Linguistics & Program in Cognitive Science, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 60208, USA. pwong@northwestern.edu

Abstract

Brain imaging studies of voice perception often contrast activation from vocal and verbal tasks to identify regions uniquely involved in processing voice. However, such a strategy precludes detection of the functional relationship between speech and voice perception. In a pair of experiments involving identifying voices from native and foreign language speech we show that, even after repeated exposure to the same foreign language speakers, accurate talker identification is in a large part dependent on linguistic proficiency. These results suggest that a strong integration between the brain regions implicated in voice perception and speech perception accounts for the accurate identification of talkers.

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