Title

Perceptual Flexibility for Speech: What Are the Pros and Cons?

Published In

Brain and Language

Document Type

Citation

Publication Date

6-2022

Abstract

How listeners handle acoustic-phonetic variability during spoken language processing is a fundamental question in the field of speech perception. A robust behavioral literature describes ways in which humans adapt their perception to accommodate idiosyncratic, or foreign-accented, speech -- or how we learn to attend to new phonetic cues, as may be important for learning a different language. And yet, we are still in the early stages of understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie group-level or individual differences in perceptual flexibility. This special issue focuses on how contextual information and acoustic-phonetic input interacts with neurocognitive factors that shape the boundaries of speech-perceptual flexibility. By providing a venue for cross-talk between various stakeholders, this collection sheds light on common themes and patterns--as well as on important differences--across a wide variety of languages and methodologies, and across pediatric and adult populations.

Rights

© 2022 Elsevier Inc.

DOI

10.1016/j.bandl.2022.105109

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