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Functional Brain Differences Predict Challenging Auditory Speech Comprehension in Older Adults

Abstract Older adults often experience communication difficulties, including poorer comprehension of auditory speech when it contains complex sentence structures or occurs in noisy environments. Previous work has linked cognitive abilities and the engagement of domain-general cognitive resources, such as the cingulo-opercular and frontoparietal brain networks, in response to challenging speech. However, the degree to which these networks can support comprehension remains unclear. Furthermore, how hearing loss may be related to the cognitive resources recruited during challenging speech comprehension is unknown. This dissertation investigated how hearing, cognitive performance, and functional brain networks contribute to challenging auditory speech c... (more)
Created Date 2019
Contributor Fitzhugh, Megan (Author) / (Reddy) Rogalsky, Corianne (Advisor) / Baxter, Leslie C (Advisor) / Azuma, Tamiko (Committee member) / Braden, Blair (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Neurosciences / Cognitive psychology
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 126 pages
Language English
Note Doctoral Dissertation Neuroscience 2019
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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