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Article ID: 703632

Work on Political Theatre in Yugoslavia Wins NYU’s Joe A. Callaway Prize

New York University

New York University has awarded the Joe A. Callaway Prize for the Best Book on Drama or Theater for 2016-17 to Stanford University’s Branislav Jakovljevic for his Alienation Effects: Performance and Self-Management in Yugoslavia 1945-91.

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8-Nov-2018 11:05 AM EST

Arts and Humanities

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    7-Nov-2018 2:00 PM EST

Article ID: 702877

How Beatboxers Produce Sound: Using Real-Time MRI to Understand

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Beatboxing is a musical art form in which performers use their vocal tract to create percussive sounds, and a team of researchers is using real-time MRI to study the production of beatboxing sounds. Timothy Greer will describe their work showing how real-time MRI can characterize different beatboxing styles and how video signal processing can demystify the mechanics of artistic style. Greer will present the study at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9.

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1-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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    7-Nov-2018 12:00 PM EST

Article ID: 702870

How Do Babies Laugh? Like Chimps!

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Few things can delight an adult more easily than the uninhibited, effervescent laughter of a baby. Yet baby laughter, a new study shows, differs from adult laughter in a key way: Babies laugh as they both exhale and inhale, in a manner that is remarkably similar to nonhuman primates. The research will be described by Disa Sauter during a talk at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9.

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1-Nov-2018 10:05 AM EDT
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    6-Nov-2018 6:00 PM EST

Article ID: 703156

Preschool Children Show Awake Responses to Nap Time Nonsense Words

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Hearing has long been suspected as being "on" all the time -- even in our sleep. Sounds that occur during the night have a way of registering in the brain. Now scientists are reporting results on what is heard and not heard during sleep and what that might mean for a developing brain. At the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9, researchers from Vanderbilt University will present preliminary results from a study in which preschool children showed memory traces for sounds heard during nap time.

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2-Nov-2018 9:25 AM EDT
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    6-Nov-2018 5:00 PM EST

Article ID: 702885

For Adults, the Terrible Twos are a Confusing Earful

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Here's another reason you might be exhausted after that preschool birthday party: Your brain had to work to figure out who actually asked for more ice cream. "What we found with two-and-a-half-year-olds is that it's amazingly hard for adults to identify who's talking," said Angela Cooper, a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto. Cooper's co-authored research will be presented in the poster session at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9.

Released:
1-Nov-2018 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 703433

Sign Language Reveals the Hidden Logical Structure, and Limitations, of Spoken Language

New York University

Sign languages can help reveal hidden aspects of the logical structure of spoken language, but they also highlight its limitations because speech lacks the rich iconic resources that sign language uses on top of its sophisticated grammar.

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6-Nov-2018 7:05 AM EST

Arts and Humanities

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    5-Nov-2018 7:15 PM EST

Article ID: 703199

Deconstructing Crowd Noise at College Basketball Games

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

With thousands of fans, college basketball games can be almost deafeningly loud. Some arenas have decibel meters, which can provide some indication of the noise generated. Researchers at Brigham Young University wanted to see whether machine learning algorithms could pick out patterns within the raw acoustical data that indicated the crowd’s mood, thereby providing clues as to what was happening in the game itself. They’ll present at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9.

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1-Nov-2018 10:00 AM EDT
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    5-Nov-2018 6:30 PM EST

Article ID: 702973

How Clear Speech Equates to Clear Memory

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Some conversations are forgotten as soon as they are over, while other exchanges may leave lasting imprints. Researchers want to understand why and how listeners remember some spoken utterances more clearly than others. They’re specifically looking at ways in which clarity of speaking style can affect memory. They will describe their work at the Acoustical Society of America's 176th Meeting, Nov. 5-9.

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1-Nov-2018 8:35 AM EDT

Article ID: 702982

Robotic Arm May Help to Rehabilitate Chronic Stroke Victims, Finds New Study

New York University

New research published in Frontiers in Neurology by NYU researcher Adam Buchwald finds that robotic arm rehabilitation in chronic stroke patients with aphasia, the loss of ability to understand or express speech, may promote speech and language function recovery.

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29-Oct-2018 3:30 PM EDT
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Article ID: 702378

How Does Brain Structure Influence Performance on Language Tasks?

University at Buffalo

Scientists are using computational models of the brain to simulate how the structure of the brain may impact brain activity and, ultimately, human behavior. The research focuses on interconnectivity, looking at how different regions are linked to and interact with one another.

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17-Oct-2018 2:35 PM EDT

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