Language-dependent pitch encoding advantage in the brainstem is not limited to acceleration rates that occur in natural speech.

@article{Krishnan2010LanguagedependentPE,
  title={Language-dependent pitch encoding advantage in the brainstem is not limited to acceleration rates that occur in natural speech.},
  author={Ananthanarayan Krishnan and Jackson T. Gandour and Christopher J. Smalt and Gavin M. Bidelman},
  journal={Brain and language},
  year={2010},
  volume={114 3},
  pages={193-8}
}
Experience-dependent enhancement of neural encoding of pitch in the auditory brainstem has been observed for only specific portions of native pitch contours exhibiting high rates of pitch acceleration, irrespective of speech or nonspeech contexts. This experiment allows us to determine whether this language-dependent advantage transfers to acceleration rates that extend beyond the pitch range of natural speech. Brainstem frequency-following responses (FFRs) were recorded from Chinese and… CONTINUE READING

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