NEOMED research featured in leading journal

Researchers from the NEOMED Hearing Research Group and the Brain Health Research Institute at Kent State University recently published an article on the impacts of early-life stress on auditory processing.

The article, published in The Journal of Neuroscience, was featured as the lead article in JNeurosci’s “This Week in the Journal” on May 3.

Authors Yi Ye, Michelle M. Mattingly, Matthew J. Sunthimer, Jennifer D. Gay and Merri Rosen found that early-life stress leads to deficits in cognition, including problems with learning, memory and attention.

In their Significance Statement, the authors note: “Such problems could arise in part from a low-fidelity representation of sensory information available to higher-level neural regions. Here, we demonstrate that ELS degrades sensory responses to rapid variations in sound at multiple levels of the auditory pathway, and concurrently impairs perception of these rapidly-varying sounds. As these sound variations are intrinsic to speech, ELS may thus pose a challenge to communication and cognition through impaired sensory encoding.”

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