Neuronal oscillations and speech perception: Critical-band temporal envelopes are the essence

Oded Ghitza, Anne Lise Giraud, David Poeppel

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A recent opinion article (Neural oscillations in speech: do not be enslaved by the envelope. Obleser et al., 2012) questions the validity of a class of speech perception models inspired by the possible role of neuronal oscillations in decoding speech (e.g., Ghitza, 2011; Giraud and Poeppel, 2012). The authors criticize, in particular, what they see as an over-emphasis of the role of temporal speech envelope information, and an over-emphasis of entrainment to the input rhythm while neglecting the role of top-down processes in modulating the entrainment of neuronal oscillations. Here we respond to these arguments, referring to the phenomenological model of Ghitza (2011), taken as a representative of the criticized approach.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalFrontiers in Human Neuroscience
Issue numberJAN
StatePublished - Jan 4 2013


  • Cascaded neuronal oscillations
  • Critical-band envelopes
  • Hierarchical window structure
  • Intelligibility
  • Syllabic parsing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neurology
  • Biological Psychiatry


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