Are musicians at an advantage when processing speech on speech?

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Abstract

Several studies have shown that musicians may have an advantage in a variety of auditory tasks, including speech in noise perception. The current study explores whether musical training enhances understanding two-talker masked speech. By combining an off-line and an on-line measure of speech perception, we investigated how automatic processes can contribute to the potential perceptual
advantage of musicians. Understanding the underlying mechanisms for how musical training may lead to a benefit in speech-in-noise perception could help clinicians in developing ways to use music as a means to improve speech processing of hearing impaired individuals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ICMPC15/ESCOM10
Place of PublicationGraz, Austria
PublisherDepartment of Musicology, University of Graz
Pages233-236
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-3-200-05771-5
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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