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A new model of sensorimotor coupling in the development of speech

Authors
Journal
Brain and Language
0093-934X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
89
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0093-934x(03)00345-6
Disciplines
  • Computer Science

Abstract

Abstract We present a computational model that learns a coupling between motor parameters and their sensory consequences in vocal production during a babbling phase. Based on the coupling, preferred motor parameters and prototypically perceived sounds develop concurrently. Exposure to an ambient language modifies perception to coincide with the sounds from the language. The model develops motor mirror neurons that are active when an external sound is perceived. An extension to visual mirror neurons for oral gestures is suggested.

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