Developmental Changes in Cerebral Responses to Native and Non-native Vowels : a Nirs Study

  title={Developmental Changes in Cerebral Responses to Native and Non-native Vowels : a Nirs Study},
  author={Yasuyo Minagawa-Kawai and Nozomi Naoi and Nahoko Nishijima and Shozo Kojima and Emmanuel Dupoux},
While newborn infants discriminate speech sounds from languages that they have never heard, 6month-olds demonstrate the beginnings of vowel classification specific to their native-language. The neuronal correlates involved in such a dramatic perceptual reorganization process, however, are not well understood. Using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), this study compares the neural responses of Japanese infants at 3-4 months and 7-8 months of age as well as of adults to native ([i] vs. [ ] ) and… CONTINUE READING

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