Speech perception within an auditory cognitive science framework

Lori L. Holt, Andrew J. Lotto

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The complexities of the acoustic speech signal pose many significant challenges for listeners. Although perceiving speech begins with auditory processing, investigation of speech perception has progressed mostly independently of study of the auditory system. Nevertheless, a growing body of evidence demonstrates that cross-fertilization between the two areas of research can be productive. We briefly describe research bridging the study of general auditory processing and speech perception, showing that the latter is constrained and influenced by operating characteristics of the auditory system and that our understanding of the processes involved in speech perception is enhanced by study within a more general framework. The disconnect between the two areas of research has stunted the development of a truly interdisciplinary science, but there is an opportunity for great strides in understanding with the development of an integrated field of auditory cognitive science. ©

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2008


  • Auditory cognitive science
  • Auditory perception
  • Speech perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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