Speech Perception in Infants

@article{Eimas1971SpeechPI,
  title={Speech Perception in Infants},
  author={Peter D. Eimas and Einar R. Siqueland and Peter W. Jusczyk and James M. Vigorito},
  journal={Science},
  year={1971},
  volume={171},
  pages={303 - 306}
}
Discriminiationi of synthetic speech sounds was studied in 1- and 4-month-old infants. The speech sounds varied along an acoustic dimension previously shown to cue phonemic distinctions among the voiced and voiceless stop consonants in adults. Discriminability was measured by an increase in conditioned response rate to a second speech sound after habituation to the first speech sound. Recovery from habituation was greater for a given acoustic difference when the two stimuli were from different… 

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