Longitudinal Auditory Evoked Responses and the Development of Language

  • Dennis L. Molfese
  • Victoria J. Molfese
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Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 130)


Over the past 50 years, researchers have been interested in problems involving specific brain-language relationships. Issues pertaining to the interrelationship of hemispheric specialization, cerebral lateralization and language development have been explored by researchers utilizing a variety of methodologies. One methodology that has produced promising results involves the use of auditory evoked response (AER) techniques, AERs refers to the portion of the on-going electrical activity of the brain which is time locked to the onset of some external auditory event. Using AER techniques, researchers have been able to report evidence of specialization and cerebral lateralization in human infants (Barnet, de Sotillo, and Campos, 1974; Crowell, Jones, Kapuniai and Nakagawa, 1973; Molfese, 1972; Molfese, Freeman and Palermo, 1975; Molfese and Molfese, 1979a, 1979b, 1980; Schucard, Schucard, Cummins and Campos, 1981). In recent years, multivariate analyses of data obtained using AER techniques have yielded information concerning the development of hemisphere differences. These procedures have also enabled researchers to isolate and identify specific components of the AER across hemispheres which appear to reflect responses to specific language-relevant acoustic and phonetic cues.


Left Hemisphere Speech Perception Language Development Vocal Tract Evoke Potential 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis L. Molfese
    • 1
  • Victoria J. Molfese
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychology and School of MedicineSouthern Illinois UniversityCarbondaleUSA

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