Humans and monkeys respond differently to music and speech

Our ability to detect pitch may have been integral to the development of language and music.

Scientists present device that transforms brain activity into speech

This could be transformative for so many people suffering from speech impairment.

AI spots depression by looking at your patterns of speech

Computer: “What is my purpose?”
MIT: “You spot depression!”
Computer: :(

From insects to whales, all sorts of animals take turns to communicate

When one utters, the other listens — and such is the case in most animals too.

Monkey ‘vocabulary’ could clue us in on evolution of human speech

An adorable monkey’s ‘ekks’ and ‘tsiks’ might teach how speech evolved.

Brain network that picks words from the background noise revealed

Our brains are really good at sifting through information.

That urge to complete other people’s sentences? Turns out the brain has its own Auto Correct

In the hippocampus — which is weird, because we didn’t think it had anything to do with talking.

How baby songbirds can tell us a thing or two about how we learn to speak

There may be a fine line between how baby birds learn to sing and humans learn to speak.

Humans are not unique in understanding the basics of language

A paper published recently in Nature Communications details how a team lead by Dr. Ben Wilson and Professor Chris Petkov used a brain imaging technique to identify the neuronal evolutionary origins of language. Their findings help us understand how we learn to speak, and could allow new treatments for those who lose this ability from aphasia after a stroke or dementia.

Researchers home in on speech center in the brain

Researchers have long theorized that the superior temporal sulcus (STS) is involved in processing speech rhythms, but it’s only recently that this has been confirmed by a team at Duke University. Their findings show that the STS is sensitive to the timing of speech, a crucial element of spoken language. This could help further our understanding of how some speech-impairing conditions arise in the brain, or aid tutors design next-generation, computer assisted foreign language courses.

A wild-born orangutan has learned to communicate like a human

A female orangutan born in the wild has learned to use her tongue to whistle and produce vowel sounds just like a human – suggesting that all giant apes are able to do so. Although orangutans are known to create diverse vocalisations, what Tilda can do is unique.

Indian teenager invents cheap device that turns breath into speech

About 1.4% of the world’s population today is speech impaired, due to conditions such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), locked-in syndrome (LIS), Encephalopathy (SEM),Parkinson’s disease, and paralysis. Imagine all the people living in Germany today were unable to speak and you’ll come to realize just how far reaching this condition is. So, aside for those being paralyzed, there are a lot

Who talks more, men or women? It all depends on the context, study finds

“We women talk too much, nevertheless we only say half of what we know.”  Nancy Witcher Astor, Viscountess There’s a deeply entrenched stereotype that portrays women as extremely talkative or, at least, much much chatty than men. Ask most people, both men and women, they will agree, but is this merely a subjective facet or does it indeed reflect reality?

Speech-jamming gun puts annoying conversations to an end

Are you fed up with meaningless, rambling conference speakers? All too tired of phone calls around you at work? Wish there was a mute button for your girlfriend? Finally, all your prayers have been answered! Presenting the ultimate silencer, the speech-jamming gun. Japanese scientists, Kazutaka Kurihara at the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology in Tskuba and Koji

The girl who silenced the world for five minutes

Her name is Severn Suzuki, and here you have one of perhaps the most impressive speeches of all time, delivered by her (only a 12 year old at the time) at a UN meeting, at the Earth Summit in 1992. [After 5 minutes] An incredible story Severn Suzuki was born in a remarkable family, with her mother being a writer,