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Lang Cogn Process. 2011 Jan 1;26(7):952-981.

The DIVA model: A neural theory of speech acquisition and production.

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Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston University, 677 Beacon Street, Boston, MA, 02215, Telephone: (617) 353-5765, Fax Number: (617) 353-7755,


The DIVA model of speech production provides a computationally and neuroanatomically explicit account of the network of brain regions involved in speech acquisition and production. An overview of the model is provided along with descriptions of the computations performed in the different brain regions represented in the model. The latest version of the model, which contains a new right-lateralized feedback control map in ventral premotor cortex, will be described, and experimental results that motivated this new model component will be discussed. Application of the model to the study and treatment of communication disorders will also be briefly described.

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