Project 1

Development of continuous speech tracking and speech production in typical and language delayed children (WP1)


ESR 1: Orsolya Beatrix Kolozsvári


Dr. Jarmo Hämäläinen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)
Dr. Aude Noiray (University of Potsdam, Germany)
Prof. Paavo Leppänen (University of Jyväskylä, Finland)

The aims are:

  • to examine the capacity of the developing brain to track speech stream and investigate brain activity related to speech production at the age of 2 – 6 years
  • to investigate relationships between brain measures of speech perception, production and behavioural quantification of typical and late talking

The training of the ESR therefore focuses on brain research methods, child development, and language acquisition.
EEG will be collected using 128-channel electrode setup. MRI images are acquired in order to co-register the EEG source localization results to anatomical structures (Hämäläinen et al., 2011). Speech or vocalizations of the children are audio recorded at the same time as EEG is recorded and inter-relationships between the produced speech and brain measures are examined. Therefore the project will give new insights into the development of speech perception and production.