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Right hemispheric dominance for echo suppression.
When two sounds are presented sequentially within a short delay ( approximately 10ms), the listener perceives a single auditory event, the location of which is dominated by the directional information conveyed by the leading sound (the precedence effect, PE). The PE is not always instantaneous, but has been shown to build-up across repetitions of lead-lag pairs. Here, we investigated the contributions of lateralization cue (interaural time and intensity differences; ITD and IID, respectively) and the side of lateralization of the leading sound on the spatio-temporal activity associated with the PE. We applied electrical neuroimaging analyses to compare auditory evoked potentials (AEPs) in response to physically identical click pairs presented early and late within a stimulus train and perceived as two segregated events or as one fused auditory event. Significant topographic AEP modulations associated with the PE were observed over the 70-117ms post-stimulus period, with one topography characterizing fused perceptions and another segregated perceptions. The specific pattern of effects varied as a function of lateralization cue and the lateralization of the leading sound. The PE for ITD stimuli built-up during the stimulus train irrespective of the lateralization of the leading sound. The PE for IID stimuli did not exhibit build-up over the course of the stimulus train, but instead was generally affected by the lateralization of the leading sound. Source estimations further suggested that bilateral temporal networks were engaged when perceptions were segregated, whereas fused perceptions resulted in decreased activity in left temporal and increased activity in right temporo-parietal cortices.
Acoustic Stimulation, Adult, Analysis of Variance, Auditory Perception, Cues, Dominance, Cerebral, Electroencephalography, Evoked Potentials, Auditory, Female, Functional Laterality, Humans, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Male, Sound Localization, Young Adult
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