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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11/2015

26-06-2015 | Original Paper

Pitch Processing in Tonal-Language-Speaking Children with Autism: An Event-Related Potential Study

Auteurs: Luodi Yu, Yuebo Fan, Zhizhou Deng, Dan Huang, Suiping Wang, Yang Zhang

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 11/2015

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Abstract

The present study investigated pitch processing in Mandarin-speaking children with autism using event-related potential measures. Two experiments were designed to test how acoustic, phonetic and semantic properties of the stimuli contributed to the neural responses for pitch change detection and involuntary attentional orienting. In comparison with age-matched (6–12 years) typically developing controls (16 participants in Experiment 1, 18 in Experiment 2), children with autism (18 participants in Experiment 1, 16 in Experiment 2) showed enhanced neural discriminatory sensitivity in the nonspeech conditions but not for speech stimuli. The results indicate domain specificity of enhanced pitch processing in autism, which may interfere with lexical tone acquisition and language development for children who speak a tonal language.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Pitch Processing in Tonal-Language-Speaking Children with Autism: An Event-Related Potential Study
Auteurs
Luodi Yu
Yuebo Fan
Zhizhou Deng
Dan Huang
Suiping Wang
Yang Zhang
Publicatiedatum
26-06-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 11/2015
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2510-x

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