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Unlocking the secrets of the human voice

Posted on Wednesday, 25 April, 2012 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Scientists working at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience are studying human speech.

In an effort to better understand how the sound coming from each of us is turned into speech, scientists and poet-in-residence James Wilkes are experimenting with "speech jamming", a technique in which your own recorded voice is played back to you on a brief time delay. The results are disorienting to say the least, rendering even the most skilled linguists unable to read or talk properly.

According to Professor Sophie Scott, human speech is the most complex sound we hear as humans. We are able to use it to gather information about someone - especially when we aren't face to face with them. In addition to determining gender we are able to judge a person's age, where they come from, their mood and even their socio-economic status just from listening to them speaking.

"As James Wilkes reads aloud one of his poems, he slurs, stutters and stammers, struggling to get the words out."

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by wingyflam on 25 April, 2012, 15:44
all speach is a noise we make so that other people around us can understand. that is why people from other countrys make sounds that we cant understand.
Comment icon #2 Posted by spud the mackem on 25 April, 2012, 20:40
You dont have to worry what people say and talk about you,its what they whisper that counts..
Comment icon #3 Posted by Hybrid89 on 29 April, 2012, 12:51
Personally, I think the voice is just one way of communicating, the sounds we use vary from place to place. For example, here in ireland the dialects can vary ALOT. A person from the North as with compared to a person from County Claire, or a person from Dublin City. the variations in tone of voice,dialect etc etc is immensely different and diverse. interesting post all the same.
Comment icon #4 Posted by catfishyeah on 30 April, 2012, 18:46
How intriguing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by JGirl on 30 April, 2012, 19:30
this was interesting, but i find myself wondering why it doesn't apply to singing in the same way (think row row row your boat, or church choirs etc)


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