Voice perception deficits: neuroanatomical correlates of phonagnosia.

D. R. Van Lancker, J. Kreiman, J. Cummings

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Voice perception (recognition of familiar voices and discrimination of unfamiliar voices) was studied in brain-damaged patients and normal controls. Left- and right-brain-damaged subjects were tested on familiar voices (25 famous males) and 26 pairs of unfamiliar voices. Deficits in recognizing familiar voices were significantly correlated with right-hemisphere damage; discrimination of unfamiliar voices was worse in both clinical groups than in normal controls. Computerized tomographic scans indicated that an intact right parietal-lobe was present in all cases of normal voice recognition, while right parietal-lobe damage was significantly correlated with a deficit in voice recognition. Temporal-lobe damage of either hemisphere was associated with a voice discrimination deficit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)665-674
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology : official journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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