We are better at detecting laughter than words

Whether they are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness, humans pay more attention when an emotion is expressed through vocalisations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.

Could a cholesterol-lowering drug treat Parkinson's?

In their quest to find new treatments that could slow, stop or reverse Parkinson's disease, a progressive neurological condition that affects movement and speech, researchers in Britain are set to investigate in humans the potential of a cholesterol-lowering drug in treating the disease.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe reads wrong speech, opponents question his fitness

 Zimbabwe`s 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe read out the wrong speech at the opening of parliament on Tuesday, an error which the main opposition quickly used to question whether Africa`s oldest leader was still of a sound mind.

Pope Francis to deliver most speeches in US trip in Spanish

 Pope Francis will deliver only four of the 18 addresses he will make during his forthcoming visit to the United States in English and the rest in his native Spanish, the Vatican said on Tuesday.

Watch: Lalu Prasad Yadav mimics PM Narendra Modi

Lalu Prasad Yadav mocks PM Modi's 'special package' speech.

UAE visit: PM Modi talks about India's relations with neighbours

PM Modi talks about India's relations with neighbours 

Microsoft app will read out news

Microsoft app will read out news

Microsoft is reportedly testing an app that will sort out the best news stories from the web and use text-to-speech technology to read out article summaries to the users.

President’s address to the nation on eve of India’s 69th Independence Day: Full text

President’s address to the nation on eve of India’s 69th Independence Day: Full text

In his address to the nation on the eve of the 69th Independence Day, President Pranab Mukherjee said that roots of democracy were deep but the leaves had beginning to wilt and it was time for renewal. Here's the complete speech:

Apes may be closer to speaking than believed

Apes may be closer to speaking than believed

Scientists have found that gorillas can learn new vocal and breathing-related behaviours, a finding that may change the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for speech.

Apes may learn behaviour needed for human speech

Apes may learn behaviour needed for human speech

Challenging the perception that humans are the only primates with the capacity for speech, new research has found that gorillas too can learn new vocal and breathing-related behaviours -- key requirements for human speech.

Indian-origin man writes British PM's speech

 A writer of Indian-origin wrote the speech on tackling Islamic extremism and "the failures of integration" that British Prime Minister David Cameron delivered recently.

How parrots can 'talk' like humans finally unveiled

How parrots can 'talk' like humans finally unveiled

 Researchers have uncovered key structural differences in the brains of parrots that may explain the birds' unparalleled ability to imitate sounds and human speech.

Obama gives touching speech at funeral of Biden's son

 US President Barack Obama delivered a heartfelt eulogy at the deeply emotional funeral of Beau Biden, son of Vice President Joe Biden, who died a week ago of brain cancer. He was 46.

Kanye West's inspiring graduation speech

Kanye West's inspiring graduation speech

Rapper Kanye West spoke to graduates at Los Angeles Trade Technical College and dished out some hard-earned advice.

Natalie Portman relives 'dark moments' at Harvard in speech

Natalie Portman relives 'dark moments' at Harvard in speech

Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman returned to her alma mater and recalled how she had to prove herself as a worthy student while attending Harvard University.

When depression strikes, all sounds seem similar

As per a new research, individuals with elevated depressive symptoms have difficulty perceiving all categories of speech, rather than displaying a selective bias towards sad speech.

McConaughey gives out valuable life advice during a speech

McConaughey gives out valuable life advice during a speech

Matthew McConaughey has got personal while delivering the commencement speech at the University of Houston.

New device to improve speech and image recognition

A team of US researchers has created a memory device that can greatly improve speech and image recognition.

Here's how our 'smart' brains separate ability to talk and write

 A new study has revealed how the brain separates our ability to talk and write.

How our brain decodes sound

How our brain decodes sound

In an interesting discovery, scientists have found that when we hear a sound, neurons fire in sync with the rhythmic structure of the sound, exactly encoding its original structure in the timing of spikes.