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    Environmental sounds

    Dick, Frederic and Krishnan, Saloni and Leech, Robert and Saygin, A.P. (2016) Environmental sounds. In: Hickok, G. and Small, S. (eds.) Neurobiology of Language. Elsevier, pp. 1121-1138. ISBN 9780124077942.

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    How are environmental sounds relevant to the neurobiology of language? As studied in the 20th century, the purported structure of language and its processing—a human-specific “faculty” characterized by an abstract system of rules governing the hierarchical recombination of symbols encoded by arbitrary sound units—is seemingly unrelated to the recognition and comprehension of environmental sounds. Environmental sounds have often been used as a means of defining what is “language-specific” in the brain. However, as research in both language and environmental sounds has matured, useful parallels between the two domains have emerged, as well as some illustrative differences. In this chapter, we first discuss what environmental sounds are (and are not), and then move through different aspects of environmental sounds research that parallel fields of study in language. We consider, in detail, the behavioral and neuroimaging evidence for how environmental sounds are processed, highlighting the range of perceptual, cross-modal, semantic, and contextual processes involved, and finish by considering how studying environmental sounds informs our understanding of language processing.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Environmental sounds, semantic, perceptual, cognitive, neural
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 16:40
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:39


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