Tag: Speech

New Technology That Transforms Brain Signals Into Speech May Give Voice To People With Parkinson's, Throat Cancer

Scientists use artificial intelligence to translate brain activity directly into speech. By creating a new system that turns signals into recognizable speech, they give new life to patients who lost their voice.

Biotech April 25, 2019

Where Does Human Speech Come From? Monkey Studies Provide A Clue

Could a friendly lip-smacking gesture give rise to something as intricate as human speech? MRI scans of monkey brains revealed this simple facial expression could be the precursor of speech.

Animals July 24, 2018

Loss Of Certain Speech Abilities And Hearing Deemed Early Signs Of Alzheimer’s

Speech problems may reflect not just less fluency and communication prowess, but also early signs of cognitive decline that could pave the way for Alzheimer's disease later on. Read on for the study details.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 18, 2017

Speech Delay In Babies And Toddlers May Be Blamed On Mobile Devices Like Smartphones And iPads

Many babies and toddlers start to use mobile devices such as smartphones and iPads before they can talk. A new study revealed these children are at risk for delay in expressive language

Public Health May 5, 2017

Do Adult Dogs, Puppies Respond Equally To Dog-Directed Speech?

New research showed that, while baby dogs answer better to dog-directed speech, their mature counterparts record no difference depending on the tone of voice. The research added evidence to studies trying to explain human-dog communication.

Animals January 13, 2017

Monkeys Can Talk: Lack Of Speech Due To Brain Wiring

Monkeys have vocal tract that make these primates anatomically equipped to talk. The key to acquiring speech though lies somewhere in the brain.

Animals December 10, 2016

Yes, Your Dog Can Understand What You Say, Regardless Of Your Positive Tone

A new study found that dogs use the same part of their brains as humans to be able to understand vocabulary and tone in speech.

Neuroscience August 30, 2016

Orangutan's Vocal Controls Could Hold The Secret To The Origins Of Human Language

A recent study has shown revealed that orangutans can mimic human vocalizations — a development that provides evidence that great apes can control their voices to learn new sounds.

Animals July 27, 2016

Listening To Music May Sharpen Your Baby's Language Skills

Incorporating music to your baby's playtime may potentially boost language and music skills, a new study revealed. Researchers say music and speech both have rhythmic patterns.

Neuroscience April 26, 2016

Squeaky, Stuttering Mice May Offer Insight To Common Speech Impediments

When it comes to stuttering, not much is actually known. A new study involving genetically modified mice, however, may change that.

Life April 16, 2016

FBI Director Covers His Laptop's Webcam With Tape: Why? Should You Do It?

The FBI has recently been pushing Apple to reveal its data encryption methods. Its director’s latest statement, however, seems to contradict what the FBI has been pushing for in courts.

Internet April 11, 2016

How Food Processing Helped You Learn How To Talk

Researchers from Harvard University found that the ability of early humans to prepare their food well allowed them to develop the necessary facial and dental structure for speech production. In the absence of cooking techniques, even as simple as slicing or chopping raw meat made it easier for our ancestors to chew.

March 10, 2016

Slicing And Eating Meat Helped Shape Course Of Human Evolution

Human evolution has have been shaped by the consumption of meat. How could this correlate with modern language?

March 9, 2016

Focusing On A Task May Leave You Temporarily Deaf: Study

Concentrating on a demanding visual task can make a person momentarily deaf, as revealed in a new UK study. Researchers at the University College London called this deficit "inattentional deafness."

Life December 9, 2015

Obama To US: 'Threat From Terrorism Is Real, But We Will Overcome It'

In Obama's address to the nation from the Oval Office Sunday night, the president ensured Americans that they will continue to disrupt ISIS, terror groups and their planned terrorist attacks. The speech was made four days after the San Bernardino shooting that killed 14.

Society December 7, 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Impresses In Beijing With 22-Minute Speech in Mandarin Chinese

Once again, the Internet turns to Mark Zuckerberg for his entrepreneurial milestones. This time, the Facebook CEO gives a 20-minute speech, delivered entirely in Mandarin.

Internet Culture October 26, 2015

Research Reveals Why Babies Babble: Infants Are Motivated To Hear The Sound They Produce

A baby’s first word is a great milestone for parents. A new study revealed that infants’ monotonous babbling is driven by the child’s ability to hear themselves.

Life October 24, 2015

Donald Trump Is Popular Because He Speaks To Voters Like They’re Fourth-Graders: Study

Donald Trump may not think that you are smarter than a fifth grader. A study showed that Trump gave his presidential candidacy announcement using language that corresponds to fourth-grade level speech.

Internet Culture October 23, 2015

Humans Still Better Than Machines In Voice Recognition: We Can Identify Close Friends With Utterance Of Just Two Words

Humans are so adept at recognizing familiar voices, they can identify a close friend or a relative with just two words. Machines may be capable of capturing speech information but humans are still better when it comes to voice recognition.

Life October 12, 2015

Cancer Drug That Sharpens Memory May Help Treat Dementia

A drug currently used to treat cancer patients has been found to sharpen memory in experiments involving rats. RGFP966, an HDAC inhibitor, holds potential as treatment for Alzheimer's disease.

Life October 6, 2015

Pope Francis Says Families Are Important 'Factories Of Hope'

At the Vatican-sponsored conference dubbed the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, His Holiness Pope Francis addressed over 18,000 people saying that families are important "factories of hope."

Society September 28, 2015

New Device Allows Paralyzed Inviduals To Speak Using Breath Signals

Paralyzed patients have difficulties expressing themselves and thus creating more anxiety. Fortunately, a group of researchers was able to invent a device that can help these patients communicate via breathing signals only.

Life August 29, 2015

New '3D' Microphones Could Help Robots Improve Audio Sensing Capabilities

Scientists are developing a higher-end technology in microphones, making it possible for robots to 'listen in' and isolate conversations amid noise.

Robotics July 2, 2015

Experts Discover Part Of Human Brain Responsible For Speech Rhythms

A related study finds the same brain component to be dedicated to process nothing else but speech sounds.

Life May 19, 2015

Autism Study Indicates Difference In Speech And Language Development

Researchers are starting them young, turning to brain scans on toddlers with autism spectrum disorder to better understand speech and language development and the differences present in affected individuals.

Life April 10, 2015

Gibbons' Whispers May Hold Clue To Evolution Of Speech

Researchers have found that gibbons use over 450 distinct sounds to communicate with their fellow gibbons. The discovery could offer the best chance at understanding the evolution of human communication.

Earth/Environment April 8, 2015

5 Martin Luther King Jr. Speeches You've Likely Never Heard

Martin Luther King Jr.'s most famous speech is, of course, his 'I Have A Dream' speech, although the civil rights leader gave dozens of extremely well-presented and remembered speeches. Here are five Martin Luther King Jr. speeches you may not be as familiar with, given King's extensive oratory skills.

Society January 19, 2015

Your Dog Can Understand You More Than You Think

Dogs do not just process familiar verbal commands. They also try to understand the meaning of human speech based on the speaker's emotional tone and intonation.

Animals November 28, 2014

Discovery of woman without cerebellum stuns doctors in China

A woman who had trouble with balance most of her life and who only started to talk intelligibly when she turned 6 years old was found to be missing her cerebellum, the part of the brain involved in balance and some cognitive functions.

Life September 12, 2014

Dial it down: Noise-induced hearing loss damages ability to understand speech

A study conducted with rats at UT Dallas shows that loud noises for long periods of time not only lead to permanent hearing loss, but also loss of the ability to distinguish speech sounds.

Life July 31, 2014

Babies' brains prepping speech skills at seven months, annoying parent 'cooing' a big help

Researchers say babies are already understanding language differences as young as seven months old. And yes, that annoying exaggerated parent speak can help foster speech development.

Life July 15, 2014

Speech requires both sides of brain to process, reveals breakthrough study

A new research has overturned widely held belief that only one side of the brain is responsible for speech.

Life January 19, 2014

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