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Is Speech Processed Like Other Auditory Stimuli?

Is speech special or is it processed like other auditory stimuli? Please provide the reasoning for your answer.

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Verbal behavior is a lateralized function. The circuits that are primarily involved in speech comprehension and creation are located in one hemisphere; however, 90% of people are left hemisphere dominant. If there is damage in the left hemisphere, the right hemisphere takes over language control. When we hear and understand words, and when we think about or talk about our own memories, or our own perceptions, we are using neural circuits (some of which are on the right hemisphere of the brain) besides those directly involved in speech. These circuits also play a role in verbal behavior. If there ...

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Discusses how speech is processed compared to other auditory stimuli.