Voice discrimination and recognition are separate abilities

Diana Van Lancker, Jody Kreiman

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Studies of brain-damaged subjects indicate that recognizing a familiar voice and discriminating among unfamiliar voices may be selectively impaired, and thus that the two are separate functions. Familiar voice recognition was impaired in cases of damage to the right (but not the left) hemisphere, while impaired unfamiliar voice discrimination was observed in cases with damage to either hemisphere.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-834
Number of pages6
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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