Speech perception: Cognitive foundations and cortical implementation

David Poeppel, Philip J. Monahan

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Speech perception includes, minimally, the set of computations that transform continuously varying acoustic signals into linguistic representations that can be used for subsequent processing. The auditory and motor subroutines of this complex perceptual process are executed in a network of brain areas organized in ventral and dorsal parallel pathways, performing sound-to-meaning and sound-to-motor mappings, respectively. Research on speech using neurobiological techniques argues against narrow motor or auditory theories. To account for the range of cognitive and neural attributes, integrative computational models seem promising.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-85
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2008


  • Dorsal and ventral streams
  • Dual-stream model
  • Functional anatomy of speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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