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Event-related brain potentials (ERP) were recorded to infrequent changes of a synthesized vowel (standard) to another vowel (deviant) in speakers of Hungarian and Finnish language, which are remotely related to each other with rather similar vowel systems. Both language groups were presented with identical stimuli. One standard-deviant pair represented an(More)
The mismatch negativity (MMN) is a pre-attentive change-specific component of the event-related brain potentials (ERPs). During the last decade this response has been intensively studied in adults, but investigations in children and especially in infants are still rare. Recent studies, however, have shown that MMN is also elicited in infants in response to(More)
Finnish speaking adults categorized synthetic vowels, varying in the frequency of the second formant (F2), as either /y/ or /i/. Two subject groups emerged: "good" and "poor" categorizers. In a /i/ rating experiment, only the good categorizers could consistently label their best /i/ (the prototype, P), being low in the F2 continuum. Poor categorizers rated(More)
It is not yet clear whether humans are able to learn while they are sleeping. Here we show that full-term human newborns can be taught to discriminate between similar vowel sounds when they are fast asleep. It is possible that such sleep training soon after birth could find application in clinical or educational situations.
The mismatch negativity (MMN) recordings provide an objective measure of the preattentive, automatic auditory discrimination function. This article deals with issues central to the recording of the MMN and the interpretation of the results for clinical and electrodiagnostic purposes. The methods of acquiring as pure an MMN response as possible, i.e., one(More)
Event-related potentials were recorded from four aphasic subjects in order to study if discrimination of synthetic vowels is impaired by left posterior brain damage. A component called the mismatch negativity (MMN) which is assumed to reflect basic discriminatory processes of auditory stimuli was measured. In accordance with the hypothesis, two patients(More)
Speech sounds elicited electric brain responses in healthy premature infants born 30-35 weeks after conception, demonstrating that the human brain is able to discriminate speech sounds even at this early age, well before term, and supporting previous results suggesting that the human fetus may learn to discriminate sounds while still in the womb. We(More)
An auditory event-related brain potential called mismatch negativity (MMN) was measured to study the perception of vowel pitch and formant frequency. In the MMN paradigm, deviant vowels differed from the standards either in F0 or F2 with equal relative steps. Pure tones of corresponding frequencies were used as control stimuli. The results indicate that the(More)
The development of a new vowel category was studied by measuring both automatic mismatch negativity and conscious behavioural target discrimination. Three groups, nai;ve Finns, advanced Finnish students of English, and native speakers of English, were presented with one pair of Finnish and three pairs of English synthetic vowels. The aim was to determine(More)
This article describes an arrangement for simultaneous recording of speech and the geometry of vocal tract. Experimental design is considered from the phonetics point of view. The speech signal is recorded with an acoustic-electrical arrangement and the vocal tract with MRI. Finally, data from pilot measurements on vowels is presented, and its quality is(More)