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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2020, Vol. 28 ›› Issue (8): 1273-1281.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2020.01273

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The brain mechanism of speech perception in newborns: A meta-analysis

CHEN Yu, MO Licheng, BI Rong, ZHANG Dandan()   

  1. College of Psychology, Shenzhen University, Shenzhen 518060, China
  • Received:2020-04-22 Online:2020-08-15 Published:2020-06-28
  • Contact: ZHANG Dandan


Speech processing is the core function of language cognition, and the brain mechanism of speech processing are an important topic in linguistics and cognitive psychology. However, it is unclear that how the newborn's brain perceives speech. The purpose of this review is to investigate the brain mechanism of speech perception in newborns. We found that human beings have a relatively well-developed speech processing mechanism during the neonatal period. While the left frontal lobe (especially the inferior frontal gyrus) plays an important role in detecting speech structure, the bilateral temporal lobes are responsible for detecting speech deviation. In addition, the left hemisphere has an advantage in mother tongue perception.

Key words: speech perception, neonate, meta-analysis, superior temporal gyrus, inferior frontal gyrus

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