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    Incorporation of feedback during beat synchronization is an index of neural maturation and reading skills

    Woodruff Carr, K. and Fitzroy, A. and Tierney, Adam and White-Schwoch, T. and Kraus, N. (2017) Incorporation of feedback during beat synchronization is an index of neural maturation and reading skills. Brain and Language 164 , pp. 43-52. ISSN 0093-934X.

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    Abstract

    Speech communication involves integration and coordination of sensory perception and motor production, requiring precise temporal coupling. Beat synchronization, the coordination of movement with a pacing sound, can be used as an index of this sensorimotor timing. We assessed adolescents’ synchronization and capacity to correct asynchronies when given online visual feedback. Variability of synchronization while receiving feedback predicted phonological memory and reading sub-skills, as well as maturation of cortical auditory processing; less variable synchronization during the presence of feedback tracked with maturation of cortical processing of sound onsets and resting gamma activity. We suggest the ability to incorporate feedback during synchronization is an index of intentional, multimodal timing-based integration in the maturing adolescent brain. Precision of temporal coding across modalities is important for speech processing and literacy skills that rely on dynamic interactions with sound. Synchronization employing feedback may prove useful as a remedial strategy for individuals who struggle with timing-based language learning impairments.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Sensorimotor synchronization, Feedback, Reading, CAEP, Development, Gamma
    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: 02 Dec 2016 09:56
    Last Modified: 27 Jan 2017 09:26
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/17562

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