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Coherent? Voice disorders significantly affect listeners, too
Researchers conducted a study to see if there are differences in speech intelligibility (a listener's ability to recover a speaker's message) in healthy voices compared to those who have voice disorders like hoarseness. (2019-05-15)
Experimental brain-controlled hearing aid decodes, identifies who you want to hear
Our brains have a remarkable knack for picking out individual voices in a noisy environment, like a crowded coffee shop or a busy city street. (2019-05-15)
User-friendly smartphone platform sounds out possible ear infections in children
Scientists have created a user-friendly smartphone-based platform that can quickly detect the presence of fluid in the middle ear -- a likely indicator of ear infections -- in children. (2019-05-15)
Hearing device separates simultaneous voices, amplifies the 'target' speaker
Picking out one voice from many at a crowded party is a challenge for assistive hearing devices. (2019-05-15)
Arts education can provide creative counter narratives against hate speech
Hate, as an emotion, is not an efficient response to ideological hate speech. (2019-05-14)
Illinois research team introduces wearable audio dataset
Researchers studying wearable listening technology now have a new data set to use, thanks to a team from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (2019-05-14)
Speech recognition technology is not a solution for poor readers
Could artificial intelligence be a solution for people who cannot read well (functional illiterates) or cannot read at all (complete illiterates)? (2019-05-13)
Want to expand your toddler's vocabulary? Find another child
Children glean all kinds of information from the people around them. (2019-05-13)
Researchers create standardized measurement for pediatric facial palsy
An international team of researchers has developed a standardized measurement for pediatric facial palsy that will improve the care for current and future patients with the condition. (2019-05-09)
Learning language
When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. (2019-05-07)
AI can detect depression in a child's speech
A machine learning algorithm can detect signs of anxiety and depression in the speech patterns of young children, potentially providing a fast and easy way of diagnosing conditions that are difficult to spot and often overlooked in young people. (2019-05-06)
Chatterbox parents may boost tots' intelligence
A major new study, led by researchers at the University of York, has identified a link between kids who hear high quantities of adult speech and better nonverbal abilities such as reasoning, numeracy and shape awareness. (2019-04-30)
Some children find it harder to understand what strangers are saying
New research by New York University Steinhardt Associate Professor Susannah Levi finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know. (2019-04-26)
Synthetic speech generated from brain recordings
A state-of-the-art brain-machine interface created by UC San Francisco neuroscientists can generate natural-sounding synthetic speech by using brain activity to control a virtual vocal tract -- an anatomically detailed computer simulation including the lips, jaw, tongue, and larynx. (2019-04-24)
Scientists translate brain signals into speech sounds
Scientists used brain signals recorded from epilepsy patients to program a computer to mimic natural speech -- an advancement that could one day have a profound effect on the ability of certain patients to communicate. (2019-04-24)
Artificial intelligence can diagnose PTSD by analyzing voices
A specially designed computer program can help to diagnose post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices. (2019-04-22)
Sound sense: Brain 'listens' for distinctive features in sounds
For humans to achieve accurate speech recognition and communicate with one another, the auditory system must recognize distinct categories of sounds - such as words - from a continuous incoming stream of sounds. (2019-03-26)
Milk or no milk? Study fills long-time knowledge gap on babies with genetic disorder
A new study co-authored by a Washington State University researcher finally brings clarity to parents of children with Duarte galactosemia, a milder variant of a genetic disorder that impairs the body's ability to process a milk sugar known as galactose. (2019-03-19)
Video and film portals that incorporate real-time comments from their audiences
This technology allows watching videos of various kinds and posting comments that are superimposed on the video, collaboratively. (2019-03-19)
Diet-induced changes favor innovation in speech sounds
Diet-induced changes in the human bite resulted in new sounds such as 'f' in languages all over the world, a study by an international team led by researchers at the University of Zurich has shown. (2019-03-14)
Diet-related changes in human bite spread new speech sounds
Contradicting the theory that the range of human sounds has remained fixed throughout human history, a new study reports that sounds such as 'f' and 'v', both common in many modern languages, are a relatively recent development -- one brought about by diet-induced changes in the human bite. (2019-03-14)
Infants' advances in speech processing play role in language-cognition link
A new Northwestern University study provides the first evidence that infants' increasingly precise perceptual tuning to the sounds of their native language sets constraints on the range of human languages they will link to cognition. (2019-03-13)
How the global gag rule stifles free speech
A new journal article by researchers in the Global Health Justice and Governance program at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health argues that the Expanded Global Gag Rule is having a chilling effect, dampening debate, advocacy, and collaboration around abortion and other sexual and reproductive rights. (2019-03-07)
When it comes to hearing words, it's a division of labor between our brain's two hemispheres
Scientists have uncovered a new 'division of labor' between our brain's two hemispheres in how we comprehend the words and other sounds we hear -- a finding that offers new insights into the processing of speech and points to ways to address auditory disorders. (2019-03-04)
How do we follow the rhythm of language? The answer depends on our brain's path
How is our speech shaped by what we hear? The answer varies, depending on the make-up of our brain's pathways, a team of neuroscientists has found. (2019-03-04)
Brain's ability to synchronize voice sounds could be related to language learning
Researchers from Barcelona and New York, studied the synchronization of speech motor rhythms. (2019-03-04)
Study of singing mice suggests how mammalian brain achieves conversation
By studying the songs of mice from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researchers have discovered a brain circuit that may enable the high-speed back and forth of conversation. (2019-02-28)
In singing mice, scientists find clue to our own rapid conversations
Studying the songs of mice from the cloud forests of Costa Rica, researchers have identified a brain circuit that might enable the high-speed back and forth of human conversation. (2019-02-28)
Neuroscientists at TU Dresden discover neural mechanisms of developmental dyslexia
Neuroscientist Professor Katharina von Kriegstein from TU Dresden and an international team of experts show in a recently published study that people with dyslexia have a weakly developed structure that is not located in the cerebral cortex, but at a subcortical processing stage; namely the white matter connectivity between the left auditory motion-sensitive planum temporale (mPT) and the left auditory thalamus (medial geniculate body, MGB). (2019-02-26)
Savoring ... It's not just for dinner
Just as we can savor a decadent dessert, so, too, can we savor a meaningful conversation. (2019-02-26)
New breakthrough in understanding a severe child speech impediment
An international study led by the Murdoch Children's Research Institute has made a breakthrough in identifying a potential cause of the most severe child speech impediment -- apraxia. (2019-02-26)
New AI able to identify and predict the development of cancer symptom clusters
Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy could soon benefit from a new AI that is able to identify and predict the development of different combinations of symptoms -- helping to alleviate much of the distress caused by their occurrence and severity. (2019-02-20)
Mandarin Chinese could help us understand how infants learn English
Infants may be more sensitive to non-native speech sounds than previously thought, according to a study published in the Journal of Memory and Language. (2019-02-20)
Brain-computer interface, promise of restoring communication discussed at AAAS presentation
Choosing the 'right' brain-computer interface that maximizes reliability of the neural control signal and minimizes fatigue and frustration is critical. (2019-02-15)
Why children struggle with the 'cocktail party effect'
Researchers have clarified the development of the ability to attend to a speaker in a noisy environment -- a phenomenon known as the 'cocktail party effect.' Published in JNeurosci, the study could have implications for helping children navigate the often-noisy surroundings in which they grow and learn. (2019-02-11)
Face transplant surgery can improve speech in victims of severe face trauma
A new case study out of New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development finds that face transplant surgery in patients who have experienced severe facial trauma can improve speech production. (2019-02-11)
Who's listening? Mosquitos can hear up to 10 meters away
Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University. (2019-02-07)
New method for high-speed synthesis of natural voices
The research team in National Institute of Informatics (NII/Tokyo, Japan) - Xin Wang, Shinji Takaki, and Junichi Yamagishi -- has developed the method of neural source-filter (NSF) models for high-speed, high-quality voice synthesis. (2019-02-05)
Columbia engineers translate brain signals directly into speech
In a scientific first, Columbia neuroengineers have created a system that translates thought into intelligible, recognizable speech. (2019-01-29)
Newborn babies have inbuilt ability to pick out words, finds study
A research study of newborn babies has revealed that humans are born with the innate skills needed to pick out words from language. (2019-01-29)
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