Musician advantage for speech-on-speech perception.

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Musician advantage for speech-on-speech perception.

J Acoust Soc Am. 2016 Mar;139(3):EL51

Authors: Ba┼čkent D, Gaudrain E

Abstract
Evidence for transfer of musical training to better perception of speech in noise has been mixed. Unlike speech-in-noise, speech-on-speech perception utilizes many of the skills that musical training improves, such as better pitch perception and stream segregation, as well as use of higher-level auditory cognitive functions, such as attention. Indeed, despite the few non-musicians who performed as well as musicians, on a group level, there was a strong musician benefit for speech perception in a speech masker. This benefit does not seem to result from better voice processing and could instead be related to better stream segregation or enhanced cognitive functions.

PMID: 27036287 [PubMed – in process]

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