Hemispheric specialization for VOT perception in the preschool child

Dennis L. Molfese, Thomas M. Hess

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Auditory evoked potentials (AEP) were recorded from the left and right hemispheres of six male and six female right handed preschool age children (4 years old) in response to stop consonants with VOT values of 0, +20, +40, and +60 msec. Neuroelectrical correlates of between category phoneme discrimination were found only in the right hemisphere. A second component of the cortical response was sensitive to changes both within and between the phoneme categories. Other AEP components reflected sex and hemisphere differences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-84
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Experimental Child Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1978
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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