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
March 26, 2020 | futurity

~6 mins

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

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
March 24, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine brains speech 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
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology babies languages speech

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
March 17, 2020 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: science-and-technology babies languages speech

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
Feb. 28, 2020 | futurity

~3 mins

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

Autism interventions in ‘natural settings’ may work best

A new meta-analysis indicates that autism interventions that can take place in the park, at dinner, or at school, show the most promise.

M. Yvonne Taylor - UT Austin
Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity

~4 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine autism communication learning social-lives speech

Why we blurt things out (and how to stop it)

New research explains why we blurt things out. "...it actually doesn't take very much stress at all before people will say something they might later regret."

U. Melbourne
Dec. 2, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: science-and-technology cognition communication social-lives speech stress

People without ‘mainstream’ speech patterns make less

Speech patterns may play a big role in how much people make, according to new research. Part of that may be due to bias against certain ways of speaking.

U. Chicago
Nov. 12, 2019 | futurity

~5 mins

Tags: featured society-and-culture bias jobs money race-and-ethnicity social-lives speech

Why Joe Biden’s stutter is a big deal

While many in the media focus on Joe Biden's verbal stumbles, many of these moments are a result of his lifelong stutter. An expert explains why it matters.

Jordan Bennett-NYU
Oct. 18, 2019 | futurity

~2 mins

Tags: featured society-and-culture elections politics speech stereotypes stuttering united-states

Fine motor skills of kids with autism predict language risk

Fine motor skills are a strong predictor of whether children with autism are at risk for long-term language disabilities, research finds.

Megan Schumann-Rutgers
Sept. 11, 2019 | futurity

~3 mins

Tags: health-and-medicine autism childrens-health movement speech

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