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Dr. Pascal Belin
University of Glasgow

Thinking the voice: the cognitive neuroscience of the human voice.

The human voice carries speech, but is also an "auditory face" rich in socially-relevant information. Recent neuroimaging studies suggest that the cerebral processing of vocal information involves a complex network of distributed cortical regions, possibly organized following similar principles as the visual network involved in face processing. In particular, the anterior superior temporal sulcus (STS) contains “voice-selective” regions that are particularly involved in paralinguistic aspects of voice processing, such as speaker recognition.