Can we use the internet to study speech production? Yes we can! Evidence contrasting online versus laboratory naming latencies and errors

Amie Fairs & Kristof Strijkers PLoS ONE 16(10): e0258908 Full text @ HAL The closure of cognitive psychology labs around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented in-person testing. This has caused a particular challenge for speech production researchers, as before the pandemic there were no studies demonstrating that reliable overt speech production […]

Extracting seizure onset from surface EEG with Independent Component Analysis: Insights from simultaneous scalp and intracerebral EEG

Andrei Barborica, Ioana Mindruta, Laurent Sheybani, Laurent Spinelli, Irina Oane, Constantin Pistol, Cristian Donos, Victor J López-Madrona, Serge Vulliemoz & Christian-George Bénar Neuroimage-Clinical, Elsevier, 2021, 32, pp.102838 Full text @ HAL Abstract : The success of stereoelectroencephalographic (SEEG) investigations depends crucially on the hypotheses on the putative location of the seizure onset zone. This information […]

Frequency Selectivity of Persistent Cortical Oscillatory Responses to Auditory Rhythmic Stimulation

Jacques Pesnot Lerousseau, Agnès Trébuchon, Benjamin Morillon, & Daniele Schön Cortical oscillations have been proposed to play a functional role in speech and music perception, attentional selection, and working memory, via the mechanism of neural entrainment. One of the properties of neural entrainment that is often taken for granted is that its modulatory effect […]

Overpressure on fingertips prevents state estimation of the pen grip force and movement accuracy

Jérémy Danna, Mathilde Nordlund, Didier Louber, Simon Moré, & Laurence Mouchnino Experimental Brain Research (in press) Full text on Hal   We tested the hypothesis that the inability to move a pen accurately in a graphic task is partly due to a decrease of afferent somatosensory information resulting from overpressure on the tactile receptors of […]

The dynamics of reading complex words: evidence from steady-state visual evoked potentials

Elisabeth Beyersmann, Veronica Montani, Johannes C Ziegler, Jonathan Grainger, & Ivilin Peev Stoianov Scientific Reports 11, 15919 (2021) The present study used steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs) to examine the spatio-temporal dynamics of reading morphologically complex words and test the neurophysiological activation pattern elicited by stems and suffixes. Three different types of target words were […]

The Same Ultra-Rapid Parallel Brain Dynamics Underpin the Production and Perception of Speech

Amie Fairs, Amandine Michelas, Sophie Dufour, & Kristof Strijkers Cerebral Cortex Communications, Volume 2, Issue 3, 2021, tgab040 The temporal dynamics by which linguistic information becomes available is one of the key properties to understand how language is organized in the brain. An unresolved debate between different brain language models is whether words, the building […]

Functional Topography of Auditory Areas Derived From the Combination of Electrophysiological Recordings and Cortical Electrical Stimulation

Agnès Trébuchon,  F.-Xavier Alario,  & Catherine Liégeois-Chauvel, Front. Hum. Neurosci. 15:702773 The posterior part of the superior temporal gyrus (STG) has long been known to be a crucial hub for auditory and language processing, at the crossroad of the functionally defined ventral and dorsal pathways. Anatomical studies have shown that this “auditory cortex” is composed […]

Musical Expertise Is Associated with Improved Neural Statistical Learning in the Auditory Domain

Jacques Pesnot Lerousseau & Daniele Schön Cerebral Cortex, 31 (11), 4877–4890 It is poorly known whether musical training is associated with improvements in general cognitive abilities, such as statistical learning (SL). In standard SL paradigms, musicians have shown better performances than nonmusicians. However, this advantage could be due to differences in auditory discrimination, in memory […]

Oscillatory activity and EEG phase synchrony of concurrent word segmentation and meaning-mapping in 9-year-old children

Neus Ramos-Escobar,  Emma Segura, Guillem Olivé, Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells, & Clément François Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 51: 101010 When learning a new language, one must segment words from continuous speech and associate them with meanings. These complex processes can be boosted by attentional mechanisms triggered by multi-sensory information. Previous electrophysiological studies suggest that brain oscillations are sensitive […]

The measurement, evolution, and neural representation of action grammars of human behavior

Dietrich Stout, Thierry Chaminade, Jan Apel, Ali Shafti & A. Aldo Faisal Scientific Reports, 11: 13720 Human behaviors from toolmaking to language are thought to rely on a uniquely evolved capacity for hierarchical action sequencing. Testing this idea will require objective, generalizable methods for measuring the structural complexity of real-world behavior. Here we present a […]