Neural basis of speech perception

Gregory Hickok, David Poeppel

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The functional neuroanatomy of speech processing has been difficult to characterize. One major impediment to progress has been the failure to consider task effects when mapping speech-related processing systems. We summarize a dual-stream model of speech processing that addresses this situation. In this model, a ventral stream processes speech signals for comprehension, and a dorsal stream maps acoustic speech signals to parietal and frontal-lobe articulatory networks. The model assumes that the ventral stream is largely bilaterally organized, although there are important computational differences between the left- and right-hemisphere systems, whereas the dorsal stream is strongly left-hemisphere-dominant.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-160
Number of pages12
JournalHandbook of Clinical Neurology
StatePublished - 2015


  • Aphasia
  • Auditory comprehension
  • Language
  • Sensorimotor integration
  • Speech perception
  • Speech production

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology
  • General Medicine


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