Auditory temporal-regularity processing correlates with language and literacy skill in early adulthood

Cogn Neurosci. 2013;4(3-4):225-30. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2013.825236. Epub 2013 Sep 2.


This work tests the hypothesis that language skill depends on the ability to incorporate streams of sound into an accurate temporal framework. We tested the ability of young English-speaking adults to process single time intervals and rhythmic sequences of such intervals, hypothesized to be relevant to the analysis of the temporal structure of language. The data implicate a specific role for the ability to process beat-based temporal regularities in phonological language and literacy skill.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Acoustic Stimulation
  • Adolescent
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence / physiology
  • Language*
  • Male
  • Mental Processes / physiology*
  • Phonetics
  • Reading
  • Sound Spectrography
  • Speech Perception
  • Vocabulary*
  • Young Adult