Cortical auditory systems: Speech and other complex sounds

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The neural systems that mediate human perception of speech and other complex sounds are currently the focus of considerable research. Brain mapping studies have provided new insights into the cortical processing of complex sounds. Findings from three lines of brain mapping research-stroke-lesion, neuroimaging, and electrocortical mapping studies-are reviewed. Unresolved questions regarding the relative contributions of cortical and subcortical auditory processing and the existence of separate, functionally specialized, cortical auditory systems for processing speech and nonspeech sounds are discussed. An integrated approach is proposed for future research on the neural bases of complex sound processing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)494-503
Number of pages10
JournalEpilepsy and Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2006


  • Acoustics
  • Auditory cortex
  • Complex sounds
  • Speech recognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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