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

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~4 min

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

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 • futurity
Dec. 2, 2019 ~3 min

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

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 • futurity
Nov. 12, 2019 ~5 min

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

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 • futurity
Oct. 18, 2019 ~2 min

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

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