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Speech Perception

  1. Lori L. Holt1,
  2. Kaori Idemaru2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0932

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Holt, L. L. and Idemaru, K. 2010. Speech Perception. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Carnegie Mellon University

  2. 2

    University of Oregon

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Spoken words exist for mere moments, but from this fleeting acoustic signal, we are able to apprehend considerable information. We can decode the linguistic message of the speaker, as well as information about his or her gender, age, region of origin, identity, and emotional state. As adult listeners, we are so adept at speech perception that the ability seems trivial. However, the ease with which we perceive speech belies the complexity of the perceptual, cognitive, and neural mechanisms involved.


  • speech;
  • perception;
  • auditory;
  • phonetic