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What Makes Your Voice Yours?

What are the characteristics of the way you say, “hello,” (or anything else for that matter) that makes you recognizable over the phone? Despite the increasing amount of literature on personal voice quality, very little is actually known about...
23-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

How Do Children Hear Anger?

Even if they don’t understand the words, infants react to the way their mother speaks and the emotions conveyed through speech. What exactly they react to and how has yet to be fully deciphered, but could have significant impact on a child’s...
23-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Study Finds Hearing "Meaningful" Sounds Decreases Performance on Cognitive Tasks

Open office plans are becoming increasingly common in the workplace -- offering a way to optimize available space and encourage dialogue, interaction and collaboration among employees. However, a new study suggests that productive work-related...
23-Nov-2016 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Tracking Terrestrial Animals

What does the detection of enemy planes during WWI have to do with locating endangered Mojave Ground Squirrels? They both benefit from a technique called acoustic beamforming which uses multiple devices to find the point of intersection and pinpoint...
23-Nov-2016 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

"Mic Check" for Marine Mammals

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Hearing is a vital sense for marine mammals who use it to forage, communicate and navigate. Many of these mammals produce specific vocalizations that can be used to identify the species and track their locations via acoustic monitoring....
23-Nov-2016 9:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

How Do Musician's Brains Work While Playing?

Musical styles and strengths vary dramatically: Some musicians are better at sight reading music, while others are better at playing by ear. Does this mean that their brains are processing information differently? This is a question posed by Eriko...
23-Nov-2016 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Using Sound to Stop Destructive Beetles in Their Tracks

What would the paradise of Hawaii be without swaying coconut palms, with succulent fruit that is almost synonymous with the tropical island? Unfortunately, that may be the future of the island unless scientists find some way to stop the destructive...
22-Nov-2016 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Voice Appeal - New Research Suggests That Men and Women Perceive Consonants Differently.

In a study to be presented during the 172nd Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America and the 5th Joint Meeting with Acoustical Society of Japan, a Canadian researcher has new data about the vocal attractiveness of consonants. Vowels are already...
23-Nov-2016 8:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

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