Cortical speech processing unplugged: A timely subcortico-cortical framework

Sonja A. Kotz, Michael Schwartze

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    Speech is inherently tied to time. This fundamental quality has long been deemed secondary, and has consequently not received appropriate recognition in speech processing models. We develop an integrative speech processing framework by synthesizing evolutionary, anatomical and neurofunctional concepts of auditory, temporal and speech processing. These processes converge in a network that extends cortical speech processing systems with cortical and subcortical systems associated with motor control. This subcortico-cortical multifunctional network is based on temporal processing and predictive coding of events to optimize interactions between the organism and the environment. The framework we outline provides a novel perspective on speech processing and has implications for future studies on learning, proficient use, and developmental and acquired disorders of speech production and perception. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)392-399
    Number of pages7
    JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
    Issue number9
    Publication statusPublished - Sept 2010


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