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OBJECTIVE Rhythm perception appears to be non-linear as human subjects are better at discriminating, categorizing and reproducing rhythms containing binary vs non-binary (e.a. 1:2 vs 1:3) as well as metrical vs non-metrical (e.a. 1:2 vs 1:2.5) interval ratios. This study examined the representation of binary and non-binary interval ratios within the sensory(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to separately test the effect of the cued/cueless nature of deviant stimuli and that of temporal distance between sound and deviance onsets on the mismatch negativity (MMN) as well as to look for discrepancies between behavioural discrimination performances and MMN amplitude when deviants are cueless. METHODS Ten healthy(More)
By examining voice onset time (VOT) discrimination in 4- and 8-month-olds raised in a French-speaking environment, the current study addresses the question of the role played by linguistic experience in the reshaping of the initial perceptual abilities. Results showed that the language-general -30- and +30-ms VOT boundaries are better discriminated than the(More)
The effect of the level of threshold equalizing noise (TEN) on the diagnosis of dead regions (DRs) was investigated. Participants comprised 23 adults with sensorineural hearing impairment. Masked thresholds were measured monaurally with TEN at 60, 70, 80, and 90 dB HL/ERB(N). Absolute and masked thresholds (with TEN at 80 dB HL/ERB(N)) were retested. The(More)
OBJECTIVE This study was designed to test the effect of the featured/featureless nature of deviant stimuli on mismatch negativity (MMN), P300 (P3a and P3b) and on behavioral discrimination performances. METHODS Ten healthy adults were submitted to stimuli contrasted by the presence or absence of a frequency sweep. Discrimination performances were(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of auditory training on voicing perception in French children with specific language impairment (SLI). We used an adaptive discrimination training that was centred across the French phonological boundary (0 ms voice onset time--VOT). One group of nine children with SLI attended eighteen(More)
OBJECTIVE To look for the presence of neurophysiological correlates of language-general voicing boundaries in French by analyzing the morphology of two N100 subcomponents (N1b and T-complex). METHODS /d/ and/t/ syllables with a voice onset time (VOT) value varying evenly from -75 and +75 ms were presented to French-speaking adults as stimuli for(More)
OBJECTIVE Verify and explore unexpected results suggesting an effect of deviance direction (shorter or longer deviants) on the amplitude of MMNs evoked by sound duration contrasts. METHODS MMNs were recorded using the oddball paradigm on ten adults. Four standard stimulus durations (100, 150, 200 and 250ms) were used and deviants were 50% shorter or(More)
The aim of the present paper was to compare the development of perceptual categorization of voicing, colors and facial expressions in French-speaking children (from 6 to 8 years) and adults. Differences in both categorical perception, i.e. the correspondence between identification and discrimination performances, and in boundary precision, indexed by the(More)