first 12 months
first decade

Research Proposal
Speech understanding
Inferior colliculus lesions
Brainstem aphasia?

fMRI of the inferior colliculi
Testing strategies
Anticipated results

Working hypotheses
Language areas on fMRI
Effects of asphyxia at birth
Maturation of the brain
Time-table of myelination
Learning to speak "by ear"
Metabolism in the brain
Protective mechanisms
Catastrophic factors
Brainstem damage
January 2006
From Yakovlev & Lecours (1967) In Minkowski A, ed, Regional Development of the Brain
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Working version
Note the acoustic radiations become
fully myelinated only between the 3rd
and 4th years of  life.
<-- acoustic tectum, filly myelinated prenatally
<-- acoustic radiations (temporal lobes)
Myelin formation in the brain