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    Intertrial auditory neural stability supports beat synchronization in preschoolers

    Woodruff Carr, K. and Tierney, Adam and White-Schwoch, T. and Kraus, N. (2016) Intertrial auditory neural stability supports beat synchronization in preschoolers. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 17 , pp. 76-82. ISSN 1878-9293.

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    Abstract

    The ability to synchronize motor movements along with an auditory beat places stringent demands on the temporal processing and sensorimotor integration capabilities of the nervous system. Links between millisecond-level precision of auditory encoding and the consistency of sensorimotor beat synchronization implicate fine auditory neural timing as a potential mechanism for forming stable internal representations of, and behavioral reactions to, sound events. Here, for the first time, we demonstrate a systematic relationship between consistency of beat synchronization and consistency of subcortical neural speech processing in preschoolers (ages 3 and 4 years old). We conclude that beat synchronization might be a useful behavioral window into millisecond-level subcortical neural precision for encoding sound in early childhood; at an age that speech processing is especially important for language acquisition and development.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Auditory processing, Sensorimotor beat synchronization, FFR, Speech processing, Children
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Research Centre: Brain and Cognitive Development, Centre for (CBCD)
    Depositing User: Adam Tierney
    Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2015 14:18
    Last Modified: 02 Dec 2016 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13763

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