Stability and plasticity in the neural representation of linguistic pitch patterns

Rachel Tessmer, Barath Chandrasekaran


´╗┐In this paper we discuss evidence that early, long-term experience with a tonal language leaves a stable and lasting influence on the neural encoding of linguistic pitch patterns. We will also demonstrate that plastic changes in the neural representation of linguistic pitch are possible during adulthood, after just a few hundred trials of sound-to-category mapping training that establish behavioral relevance of the incoming stimuli. Notably, such category training creates large individual differences in learning success, the reasons for which are unclear. Within the context of a novel theoretical approach, the dual-learning systems (DLS) model, we will discuss the mechanisms underlying tone learning in adulthood, sources of individual differences, and the potential to design optimized training approaches that reduce individual differences.


DOI: 10.21437/TAL.2016-1

Cite as

Tessmer, R., Chandrasekaran, B. (2016) Stability and plasticity in the neural representation of linguistic pitch patterns. Proc. Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016, 1-5.

Bibtex
@inproceedings{Tessmer+2016,
author={Rachel Tessmer and Barath Chandrasekaran},
title={Stability and plasticity in the neural representation of linguistic pitch patterns},
year=2016,
booktitle={Tonal Aspects of Languages 2016},
doi={10.21437/TAL.2016-1},
url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/TAL.2016-1},
pages={1--5}
}