The Path of Voices in Our Brain

Benjamin Morillon, Luc H. Arnal, and Pascal Belin. 2022. PLOS Biology 20 (7): e3001742. —  @HAL Categorising voices is crucial for auditory-based social interactions. A recent study by Rupp and colleagues in PLOS Biology capitalises on human intracranial recordings to describe the spatiotemporal pattern of neural activity leading to voice-selective responses in associative auditory cortex.

On the Gestural Origins of Language: What Baboons’ Gestures and Brain Have Told Us after 15 Years of Research

Adrien Meguerditchian. 2022.  Ethology Ecology & Evolution 34 (3): 288–302  —  @HAL Nonhuman primates mostly communicate not only with a rich vocal repertoire but also with manual and body gestures. In contrast to great apes, this latter communicative gestural system has been poorly investigated in monkeys. In the last 15 years, the gestural research we […]

Space–Time Congruency Effects Using Eye Movements During Processing of Past- and Future-Related Words

Camille L. Grasso, Johannes C. Ziegler, Jennifer T. Coull, and Marie Montant. 2022.  Experimental Psychology 69 (4): 210–17 — @HAL In Western cultures where people read and write from left to right, time is represented along a spatial continuum that goes from left to right (past to future), known as the mental timeline (MTL). In […]

The Temporal Voice Areas Are Not ‘Just’ Speech Areas

Régis Trapeau, Etienne Thoret, and Pascal Belin. 2023, Frontiers in Neuroscience 16: 1075288 — @HAL The Temporal Voice Areas (TVAs) respond more strongly to speech sounds than to non-speech vocal sounds, but does this make them Temporal “Speech” Areas? We provide a perspective on this issue by combining univariate, multivariate, and representational similarity analyses of fMRI […]

Graph Theoretical Analysis Reveals the Functional Role of the Left Ventral Occipito-Temporal Cortex in Speech Processing.

Shuai Wang, Samuel Planton, Valérie Chanoine, Julien Sein, Jean-Luc Anton, Bruno Nazarian, Anne-Sophie Dubarry, Christophe Pallier, and Chotiga Pattamadilok. 2022, Scientific Reports 12 (1): 20028  — @HAL The left ventral occipito-temporal cortex (left-vOT) plays a key role in reading. Interestingly, the area also responds to speech input, suggesting that it may have other functions beyond […]

Sequence Organization and Embodied Mutual Orientations: Openings of Social Interactions between Baboons.

Lorenza Mondada and Adrien Meguerditchian 2022, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 377 (1859): 20210101 — @HAL Human interactions are organized in sequence, which is a key component of Levinson’s “interaction engine.” Referring back to the field where it originated, Conversation Analysis, we discuss its relevance within the interaction engine, before moving […]

Challenges and New Perspectives of Developmental Cognitive EEG Studies.

Estelle Hervé, Giovanni Mento, Béatrice Desnous, and Clément François. 2022, NeuroImage 260: 119508  — @HAL Despite shared procedures with adults, electroencephalography (EEG) in early development presents many specificities that need to be considered for good quality data collection. In this paper, we provide an overview of the most representative early cognitive developmental EEG studies focusing […]

What Do We Mean with Sound Semantics, Exactly? A Survey of Taxonomies and Ontologies of Everyday Sounds.

Bruno L. Giordano, Ricardo de Miranda Azevedo, Yenisel Plasencia-Calaña, Elia Formisano, and Michel Dumontier. 2022, Frontiers in Psychology 13: 964209  — @HAL Taxonomies and ontologies for the characterization of everyday sounds have been developed in several research fields, including auditory cognition, soundscape research, artificial hearing, sound design, and medicine. Here, we surveyed 36 of such […]

Evidence for Compositionality in Baboons (Papio Papio) through the Test Case of Negation.

Isabelle Dautriche, Brian Buccola, Melissa Berthet, Joel Fagot, and Emmanuel Chemla. 2022, Scientific Reports 12 (1): 19181  — @HAL Can non-human animals combine abstract representations much like humans do with language? In particular, can they entertain a compositional representation such as ‘not blue’? Across two experiments, we demonstrate that baboons (Papio papio) show a capacity […]

Maternal Cradling Bias in Baboons: The First Environmental Factor Affecting Early Infant Handedness Development?

Grégoire Boulinguez-Ambroise, Emmanuelle Pouydebat, Éloïse Disarbois, and Adrien Meguerditchian. 2022, Developmental Science 25 (1) — @HAL The most emblematic behavioral manifestation of human brain asymmetries is handedness. While the precise mechanisms behind the development of handedness are still widely debated, empirical evidences highlight that besides genetic factors, environmental factors may play a crucial role. As […]