The fragile nature of the speech perception deficit in dyslexia: natural versus synthetic speech

L. Blomert*, H. Mitterer

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A number of studies reported that developmental dyslexics are impaired in speech perception, especially for speech signals consisting of rapid auditory transitions. These studies mostly made use of a categorical-perception task with synthetic-speech samples. In this study, we show that deficits in the perception of synthetic speech do not generalise to the perception of more naturally sounding speech, even if the same experimental paradigm is used. This contrasts with the assumption that dyslexics are impaired in the perception of rapid auditory transitions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-26
JournalBrain and Language
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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