The science of how you sound when you talk through a face mask

Worried you won't be understood while wearing a mask? Don't be. We studied how people sound while talking through fabric and the results are encouraging.

Dominic Watt, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Speech Science, University of York • conversation
July 2, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus linguistics speech face-masks coronavirus-insights

AI reduces ‘communication gap’ for nonverbal people by as much as half

Researchers have used artificial intelligence to reduce the ‘communication gap’ for nonverbal people with motor disabilities who rely on computers to converse

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 15, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: engineering speech ai communication speech-technology

Clear masks for caregivers mean young children can keep learning from adults' faces

With caregivers' faces covered, infants and young children will miss out on all the visual cues they'd normally get during stages of rapid developmental growth.

Lisa S. Scott, Professor in Psychology, University of Florida • conversation
June 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: children speech child-development babies research face-masks eyes faces teachers eeg brain-development early-learning language-development pre-kindergarten educators policy-makers infants daycare eye-tracking-technology childcare-policy

Chimp lip smacks hint at human speech evolution

While grooming each other, chimpanzees move their mouths at a rate similar to human speech. It's another clue in the mystery of speech's evolution.

Alice Scott-Warwick • futurity
May 28, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: evolution language speech chimpanzees communication science-and-technology

Masks and distancing make it tough for the hard-of-hearing, but here's how to help

Audiologists recommend enhanced communication strategies in the time of coronavirus to help the nearly 60 million Americans living with hearing loss in one or both ears.

Nicole Marrone, Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 hearing speech elderly health-disparities hearing-loss nursing-homes hospitals communication face-masks hearing-aids cochlear-implant assistive-technology deaf interpreter

Speech recognition is half as accurate with black speech

The top five automated speech recognition systems—used by employers and courts—make double the errors when black speakers use them, research finds.

Edmund L. Andrews-Stanford • futurity
March 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: speech bias science-and-technology voice-technology race-and-ethnicity

Early look after stroke links brain regions and speech

Asking people to retell a story soon after stroke can show how language links to parts of the brain, say researchers. The study may lead to new therapies.

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
March 24, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: speech brains health-and-medicine strokes

Little ones in 16 countries love hearing baby talk

"Often parents are discouraged from using baby talk by well-meaning friends or even health professionals." This study suggests otherwise.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: speech babies science-and-technology languages

Little ones in 16 countries love hearing baby talk

"Often parents are discouraged from using baby talk by well-meaning friends or even health professionals." This study suggests otherwise.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
March 17, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: speech babies science-and-technology languages

A cappella shows why the brain splits music and speech

Researchers have used 100 recordings of a cappella singing to better understand why the brain decodes music and speech in separate hemispheres.

McGill University • futurity
Feb. 28, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: music speech brains science-and-technology sounds singing

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