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  Auditory phoneme discrimination in illiterates: Mismatch negativity – a question of literacy?

Schaadt, G., Pannekamp, A., & van der Meer, E. (2013). Auditory phoneme discrimination in illiterates: Mismatch negativity – a question of literacy? Developmental Psychology, 49(11), 2197-2190. doi:10.1037/a0031765.

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Item Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0014-54C2-5 Version Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/21.11116/0000-0003-9E96-2
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Schaadt, Gesa1, 2, Author              
Pannekamp, Ann1, 2, Author              
van der Meer, E.2, Author
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1Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
2Department of Psychology, Humboldt University of Berlin, Berlin, Germany, ou_persistent22              

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Free keywords: mismatch negativity (MMN); illiteracy; auditory phoneme discrimination; phonological awareness
 Abstract: These days, illiteracy is still a major problem. There is empirical evidence that auditory phoneme discrimination is one of the factors contributing to written language acquisition. The current study investigated auditory phoneme discrimination in participants who did not acquire written language sufficiently. Auditory phoneme discrimination was analyzed in illiterate adults and literate controls by recording event-related brain potentials (ERPs) while participants listened to standard and deviant phonemes (oddball paradigm). The results showed that only literate controls yielded mismatch negativity (MMN), the characteristic ERP marker for auditory discrimination. In illiterates, no discernible MMN was observed. These findings indicate the importance of written language acquisition for the develop- ment and maintenance of auditory phoneme discrimination. The reduced ability in discriminating phonemes in adult illiterates suggests potential training measures concerning literacy acquisition in these adults.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2012-08-072012-03-282012-11-012013-02-042013-11
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1037/a0031765
PMID: 23379298
Other: Epub 2013
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Title: Developmental Psychology
Source Genre: Journal
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Publ. Info: Arlington, VA, etc., : American Psychological Association (PsycARTICLES)
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 49 (11) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 2197 - 2190 Identifier: ISSN: 0012-1649
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925394385