Improving language and literacy is a matter of time

Nat Rev Neurosci. 2004 Sep;5(9):721-8. doi: 10.1038/nrn1499.


Developmental deficits that affect speech perception increase the risk of language and literacy problems, which can lead to lowered academic and occupational accomplishment. Normal development and disorders of speech perception have both been linked to temporospectral auditory processing speed. Understanding the role of dynamic auditory processing in speech perception and language comprehension has led to the development of neuroplasticity-based intervention strategies aimed at ameliorating language and literacy problems and their sequelae.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Education / methods*
  • Humans
  • Language*
  • Photic Stimulation / methods
  • Time Factors