Intact Utilization of Contextual Information in Speech Categorization in Autism

Yafit Gabay, Eva Reinisch, Dana Even, Nahal Binur, Bat Sheva Hadad

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Current theories of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) suggest atypical use of context in ASD, but little is known about how these atypicalities influence speech perception. We examined the influence of contextual information (lexical, spectral, and temporal) on phoneme categorization of people with ASD and in typically developed (TD) people. Across three experiments, we found that people with ASD used all types of contextual information for disambiguating speech sounds to the same extent as TD; yet they exhibited a shallower identification curve when phoneme categorization required temporal processing. Overall, the results suggest that the observed atypicalities in speech perception in ASD, including the reduced sensitivity observed here, cannot be attributed merely to the limited ability to utilize context during speech perception.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date3 Oct 2023
StateE-pub ahead of print - 3 Oct 2023

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© 2023, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.


  • Acoustic context
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Lexical context
  • Phoneme categorization
  • Priors
  • Temporal auditory processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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