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How brain processes spoken language decoded

Last Updated: Thursday, May 01, 2014, 17:23

Ever wondered why most English speakers pronounce the Sanskrit word `sri` as `shri` - a combination of sounds found in English words like shriek and shred? It all comes down to how our brain recognises speech sounds.

Kids rely on sounds of new nouns more than their meaning

Last Updated: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 13:55

The new study reveals that four-to-seven-year-old children rely on the sounds of new nouns more than on their meaning when assigning them to noun classes, even though the meaning is more predictive of noun class in the adult language.

How do we locate spatial position of sounds?

Last Updated: Monday, May 27, 2013, 18:05

Scientists have revealed a mechanism responsible for the creation of giant synapses in the brain that allow us to efficiently process auditory information

Playing synchronized sounds during sleep can boost memory

Last Updated: Friday, April 12, 2013, 13:01

Slow oscillations in brain activity, which occur during so-called slow-wave sleep, are critical for retaining memories, a new study has revealed.

Why sounds can be unpleasant?

Last Updated: Sunday, October 14, 2012, 17:26

The screech of chalk on a blackboard or running a knife on a bottle are some of the most unpleasant sounds in the world, all because of the heightened activity between the brain`s emotional and auditory regions.

Brain becomes `deaf` to fading sounds: Study

Last Updated: Friday, September 28, 2012, 21:37

Human brain is better at hearing new and approaching sounds than detecting when a sound disappears, according to a new study.

Inner ear can ``store`` recent sounds: Study

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 06, 2011, 00:00

A new study has revealed that vibrations in the inner ear continue even after a sound has ended, perhaps serving as a kind of mechanical memory of recent sounds.

Babies start memorising sounds from the womb: Study

Last Updated: Friday, November 06, 2009, 00:00

Long before their birth, infants begin picking up elements of their first language in the womb, says a new study.

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