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Language Development and Neurological Theory by S. J. Segalowitz, Frederic A. Gruber

By S. J. Segalowitz, Frederic A. Gruber

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A paper by Kühl and Miller (1975) appears to support the notion that sensitivity to voicing boundaries may be due to acoustic factors. They trained chinchillas on a go-no go avoidance task with exemplars from each end of the voicing continuum for "ba-pa" as the discriminative stimuli. When "ba" was presented repeatedly through a speaker overhead, the animals could drink a sugar solution without fear of being shocked. However, if "pa" was presented, the animals were allowed only three seconds to escape to an adjoining chamber to avoid the shock.

Lambert, and Michael Seitz provided by both accuracy and order of recall results although our trilingual group of subjects did not show a consistent right-ear advantage at all three age levels. Overall, our findings lend support to Bever's contention that it is possible to influence the development of cerebral asymmetry by providing an enriched learning experience. Because of the potentially controversial nature of these findings, we felt it was important to substantiate them, if possible, in a follow-up study.

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