Today appears a comment / opinion article, with a tad bit of fresh evidence from our lab, that is mainly a reply to Anne-Lise Giraud and David Poeppel’s recent “perspective” article on Neural oscillations in speech.
We loved that article, obviously, but after the initial excitement, a few concerns stuck with us. In essence, the problems are (i) how to define theta for the purposes of analysing speech comprehension processes, (ii) not to overly focus on the speech envelope (i.e., not to neglect spectral / fine-structure aspects of speech), and (iii) the unsolved chicken–egg problem of how neural entrainment and speech intelligibility really relate to each other.
But read for yourself (It’s pleasantly short!).
- Obleser J, Herrmann B, Henry MJ. Neural Oscillations in Speech: Don’t be Enslaved by the Envelope. Front Hum Neurosci. 2012 Aug 31;6:250. PMID: 22969717. [Open with Read]