Auditory Deficits in Audiovisual Speech Perception in Adult Asperger’s Syndrome: fMRI Study

Fabian Alexander Tietze, Laura Hundertmark, Mandy Roy, Michael Zerr, Christopher Sinke, Daniel Wiswede, Martin Walter, Thomas F. Münte, Gregor R. Szycik*

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Audiovisual (AV) integration deficits have been proposed to underlie difficulties in speech perception in Asperger’s syndrome (AS). It is not known, if the AV deficits are related to alterations in sensory processing at the level of unisensory processing or at levels of conjoint multisensory processing. Functional Magnetic-resonance images (MRI) was performed in 16 adult subjects with AS and 16 healthy controls (HC) matched for age, gender, and verbal IQ as they were exposed to disyllabic AV congruent and AV incongruent nouns. A simple semantic categorization task was used to ensure subjects’ attention to the stimuli. The left auditory cortex (BA41) showed stronger activation in HC than in subjects with AS with no interaction regarding AV congruency. This suggests that alterations in auditory processing in unimodal low-level areas underlie AV speech perception deficits in AS. Whether this is signaling a difficulty in the deployment of attention remains to be demonstrated.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2286
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 10.10.2019

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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