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Continuous speech processing

Short review of brain responses to continuous speech ("speech tracking"), with a focus on MEG/EEG. Part of a themed issue on the [Physiology of Mammalian Hearing](https://www.sciencedirect.com/journal/current-opinion-in-physiology/vol/18/suppl/C).

High gamma cortical processing of continuous speech in younger and older listeners

Neural speech restoration at the cocktail party: Auditory cortex recovers masked speech of both attended and ignored speakers

Humans are remarkably skilled at listening to one speaker out of an acoustic mixture of several speech sources. Two speakers are easily segregated, even without binaural cues, but the neural mechanisms underlying this ability are not well understood. …

Neuro-current response functions: A unified approach to MEG source analysis under the continuous stimuli paradigm

Rapid Transformation from Auditory to Linguistic Representations of Continuous Speech

MEG responses to continuous speech show evidence that the acoustic signal is used for identifying words withing only ~100 ms. In a cocktail-party listening task, the corresponding responses are restricted to the attended speaker, suggesting that …

Over-Representation of Speech in Older Adults Originates from Early Response in Higher Order Auditory Cortex

Previous research has found that, paradoxically, while older adults have more difficulty comprehending speech in challenging circumstances than younger adults, their brain responses track the envelope of the acoustic signal more robustly. Here we …

Neural source dynamics of brain responses to continuous stimuli: Speech processing from acoustics to comprehension

Human experience often involves continuous sensory information that unfolds over time. This is true in particular for speech comprehension, where continuous acoustic signals are processed over seconds or even minutes. We show that brain responses to …

The temporal dynamics of structure and content in sentence comprehension: Evidence from fMRI-constrained MEG

Language in context: Characterizing the comprehension of referential expressions with MEG

A critical component of comprehending language in context is identifying the entities that individual linguistic expressions refer to. While previous research has shown that language comprehenders resolve reference quickly and incrementally, little …

Language in Context: MEG Evidence for Modality-General and -Specific Responses to Reference Resolution

Successful language comprehension critically depends on our ability to link linguistic expressions to the entities they refer to. Without reference resolution, newly encountered language cannot be related to previously acquired knowledge. The human …