Neuronal oscillations and visual amplification of speech.

@article{Schroeder2008NeuronalOA,
  title={Neuronal oscillations and visual amplification of speech.},
  author={Charles E. Schroeder and Peter Lakatos and Yoshinao Kajikawa and Sarah Partan and Aina Puce},
  journal={Trends in cognitive sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={12 3},
  pages={106-13}
}
It is widely recognized that viewing a speaker's face enhances vocal communication, although the neural substrates of this phenomenon remain unknown. We propose that the enhancement effect uses the ongoing oscillatory activity of local neuronal ensembles in the primary auditory cortex. Neuronal oscillations reflect rhythmic shifting of neuronal ensembles between high and low excitability states. Our hypothesis holds that oscillations are 'predictively' modulated by visual input, so that related… CONTINUE READING
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