A Neurophysiological Perspective on Speech Processing in "The Neurobiology of Language"

Luc H. Arnal, David Poeppel, Anne Lise Giraud

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Speech is the dominant communication means in humans, and it is perhaps the most complex stimulus that the human brain is exposed to everyday. Although the processing of complex spectrotemporal acoustic by the auditory system signals is fairly well-understood, the specifics of speech decoding remain quite enigmatic. This chapter builds on the idea that the human auditory cortex is ideally suited to extract the temporal structure of speech main acoustic units (i.e., the phonemes and syllables). We bring together different models grounded on the assumption that the quasiperiodic temporal structure of collective neural activity in auditory cortex represents the ideal mechanical infrastructure to solve the speech demultiplexing problem (i.e., the fractioning of connected speech into linguistic constituents of variable size).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNeurobiology of Language
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780124078628
ISBN (Print)9780124077942
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Auditory cortex
  • Cortical oscillations
  • Multiple timescales processing
  • Neurophysiology
  • Speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'A Neurophysiological Perspective on Speech Processing in "The Neurobiology of Language"'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this