Listening to speech activates motor areas involved in speech production

Stephen M. Wilson, Ayşe Pinar Saygin, Martin I. Sereno, Marco Iacoboni

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To examine the role of motor areas in speech perception, we carried out a functional magnetic resonance imaging (FMRI) study in which subjects listened passively to monosyllables and produced the same speech sounds. Listening to speech activated bilaterally a superior portion of ventral premotor cortex that largely overlapped a speech production motor area centered just posteriorly on the border of Brodmann areas 4a and 6, which we distinguished from a more ventral speech production area centered in area 4p. Our findings support the view that the motor system is recruited in mapping acoustic inputs to a phonetic code.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)701-702
Number of pages2
JournalNature neuroscience
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience


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