Congratulations to the Williams and Cash lab teams on the Nature paper on Speech encoding by single neurons using Neuropixels probes!

Congratulations to the team on a new Nature paper on uncovering the basic mechanisms of speech and phonemes encoded by single brain cells in the human brain! With data gathered using the Neuropixels probes, the team was able to uncover the neural mechanisms of how brain cells in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex can code for words about to be produced by patient participants in the operating room. This work could help uncover fundamental features of how our brain produces language!

Khanna AR, Muñoz W, Kim YJ, Kfir Y, Paulk AC, Jamali M, Cai J, Mustroph ML, Caprara I, Hardstone R, Mejdell M, Meszéna D, Zuckerman A, Schweitzer J, Cash S, Williams ZM. Single-neuronal elements of speech production in humans. Nature. 2024 Jan 31. doi: 10.1038/s41586-023-06982-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38297120.

And a news and views discussion of this and another, relevant article from the Chang lab at UCSF:

How speech is produced and perceived in the human cortex