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The role of stimulus complexity in auditory research of speech and non-speech on the behavioral and electrophysiological level

  • According to the domain specific models of speech perception, speech is supposed to be processed distinctively compared to non-speech. This assumption is supported by many studies dealing with the processing of speech and non-speech stimuli. However, the complexity of both stimulus classes is not matched in most studies, which might be a confounding factor, according to the cue specific models of speech perception. One solution is spectrally rotated speech, which has already been used in a range of fMRI and PET studies. In order to be able to investigate the role of stimulus complexity, vowels, spectrally rotated vowels and a second non-speech condition with two bands of sinusoidal waves, representing the first two formants of the vowels, were used in the present thesis. A detailed description of the creation and the properties of the whole stimulus set are given in Chapter 2 (Experiment 1) of this work. These stimuli were used to investigate the auditory processing of speech and non-speech sounds in a group of dyslexic adults and age matched controls (Experiment 2). The results support the assumption of a general auditory deficit in dyslexia. In order to compare the sensory processing of speech and non-speech in healthy adults on the electrophysiological level, stimuli were also presented within a multifeature oddball paradigm (Experiment 3). Vowels evoked a larger mismatch negativity (MMN) compared to both non-speech stimulus types. The MMN evoked by tones and spectrally rotated tones were compared in Experiment 4, to investigate the role of harmony. No difference in the area of MMN was found, indicating that the results found in Experiment 3 were not moderated by the harmonic structure of the vowels. All results are discussed in the context of the domain and cue specific models of speech perception.

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Verfasserangaben:Corinna Christmann
URN (Permalink):urn:nbn:de:hbz:386-kluedo-37497
Betreuer:Thomas Lachmann
Dokumentart:Dissertation
Sprache der Veröffentlichung:Englisch
Veröffentlichungsdatum (online):25.02.2014
Jahr der Veröffentlichung:2014
Veröffentlichende Institution:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Titel verleihende Institution:Technische Universität Kaiserslautern
Datum der Annahme der Abschlussarbeit:22.01.2014
Datum der Publikation (Server):27.02.2014
Seitenzahl:XI, 167
Fachbereiche / Organisatorische Einheiten:Fachbereich Sozialwissenschaften
DDC-Sachgruppen:1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
Lizenz (Deutsch):Standard gemäß KLUEDO-Leitlinien vom 10.09.2012