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Brain oscillations, speech rhythm and auditory-motor coupling


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Veronique BOULENGER

Scientific framework and objectives

Models of speech perception attribute a key functional role of brain oscillations in speech decoding (Ghitza, 2011 ; Giraud & Poeppel, 2007 ; Poeppel, 2003). By synchronizing to speech rhythm, endogenous brain oscillations would parse the continuous acoustic signal into relevant linguistic units. In particular, neural oscillations in the auditory cortex in the theta frequency band (4-7 Hz) have been shown to align to slow modulations in speech amplitude envelope, which mainly reflect the speaker's syllabic rate (e.g., Ahissar et al., 2001; Gross et al., 2013; Peelle et al., 2013).

Our research (ODYSSEE project) aims at unraveling the dynamics of cortical oscillations, using magnetoencephalography (MEG), during the perception of speech naturally produced at a normal or fast rate. Given that brain (pre)motor regions are known to be involved during challenging listening conditions (e.g., Adank & Devlin, 2010 ; Osnes et al., 2011), we also seek to examine the interactions between oscillatory activity of auditory and motor regions depending on syllabic rate. Brain-to-speech coupling is investigated in adults, typically-developing children and children with Developmental Language Disorder.


  Financial support
  • ANR Programme Jeune Chercheur(se) SHS 2
    ODYSSEE : Oscillatory Dynamics of Speech Sensorimotor Ensembles
    Agence Nationale de la Recherche
    2012-2014
  • Bourse de mobilité internationale sortante
    Oscillations cérébrales et perception de la parole: étude en MEG
    Programme ERASMUS Mundus - Student Exchange Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience
    2015-2016
  • Contrat doctoral ASLAN
    Brain oscillatory dynamics during speech perception: Typical and atypical language development
    Labex ASLAN
    2013-2016
  • Contrat post-doctoral
    Brain oscillations and speech perception in adults
    Agence Nationale pour la Recherche (ANR JC ODYSSEE)
    2013

  Publications
  • Boulenger, V., Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K., 2018, "Brain oscillations and speech rate variations: cortical tracking of syllable rate and fundamental frequency in children and adults", Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Québec, 16-18 août
  • Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2016, "Speech rhythm and cortical oscillations: a study in typically developing children", Cognitive Neuroscience Society Meeting, New York, 2-5 avril
  • Guiraud, H., Bedoin, N., Krifi-Papoz, S., Herbillon, V., Caillot-Bascoul, A., Gonzalez-Monge, S., Boulenger, V., 2018, "Don't speak too fast! Processing of fast rate speech in children with specific language impairment", PLoS ONE, 13:1
  • Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2017, "Tracking of speech rhythm by brain oscillations: What happens in children with typical and atypical language development? A magnetoencephalography (MEG) study", 14th International Congress for the Study of Child Language, Lyon, 17-21 juillet
  • Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Gonzalez-Monge, S., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., in prep, "Auditory and premotor neuronal entrainment to normal and fast speech rhythms: a MEG study in typically developing children. ", xx, xx
  • Guiraud, H., 2017, "Symphonie des oscillations cérébrales lors de la perception de parole : Études comportementale et en magnétoencéphalographie chez les enfants neurotypiques et dysphasiques.", Thèse, Psychologie, Université de Lyon, Université Lumière Lyon 2
  • Guiraud, H., Hincapié, A.S., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2018, "Perception de la parole et oscillations cérébrales chez les enfants neurotypiques et dysphasiques ", actes de 32èmes Journées d'Études sur la Parole, Aix en Provence, 4-8 juin, pp. 222-230
  • Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2016, "Tracking of Speech Rhythm by Neuronal Oscillations: an MEG Study of Normal vs Fast Speech Processing", Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Genève, 26-30 juin
  • Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2016, "Shifts from normal to fast speech are associated with corresponding shifts in the frequency of neuronal entrainment: An MEG study", BIOMAG 2016: The 20th international conference on biomagnetism, Séoul (Korea), 1-6 octobre
  • Hincapié, A.S., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Guiraud, H., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., 2018, "Shifts from normal to fast speech correspond with shifts in the frequency of neuronal entrainment detected by MEG", BIOMAG 2018: The 21st international conference on biomagnetism, Philadelphia (USA), 26-30 August
  • Hincapié-Casas, A.S., Guiraud, H., Laaksonen, H., Bayle, D., Jerbi, K., Boulenger, V., in prep, "Brain oscillatory signature of natural speech perception: Tracking of syllable rate with MEG ", xx, xx
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