Duplex perception: Some initial findings concerning its neural basis

Jacquelyn Cranney, Carol A. Fowler, Frank Musiek

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Duplex perception is the simultaneous perception of a speech syllable and of a nonspeech "chirp" and occurs when a single formant transition and the remainder (the "base") of a synthetic syllable are presented to different ears. The current study found a slight but nonsignificant advantage for correct labeling of the fused syllable when the chirp was presented to the left ear. This advantage was amplified in the performance of a "split-brain" subject. A subject with a left pontine lesion performed at chance level when the chirp was presented to her left ear. These findings suggest that some, if not complete, ipsilateral suppression does occur in the dichotic fusion procedure, and that identification of the fused syllable is maximal when the left hemisphere fully processes the linguistic characteristics of the base (through contralateral presentation), and at least minimally processes the frequency transition information of the chirp (through ipsilateral presentation).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-56
Number of pages9
JournalBrain and Cognition
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


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