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Article ID: 713098

Sedimentary, dear Johnson: Is NASA looking at the wrong rocks for clues to Martian life?

Frontiers

In 2020, NASA and European-Russian missions will look for evidence of past life on Mars.

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17-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712995

To win online debates, social networks worth a thousand words

Cornell University

According to Cornell researchers, social interactions are more important than language in predicting who is going to succeed at online debating. However, the most accurate model for predicting successful debaters combines information about social interactions and language, the researchers found.

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16-May-2019 10:40 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 712905

Coherent? Voice Disorders Significantly Affect Listeners, Too

Florida Atlantic University

Researchers conducted a study to determine if there are differences in speech intelligibility (a listener’s ability to recover a speaker’s message) in healthy voices compared to those who have voice disorders like hoarseness. They also wanted to know if using listener strategies such as paying close attention to the words or using other words to try to figure out the message would increase speech intelligibility. To date, no studies have investigated if listener strategies improve intelligibility scores in speakers with voice disorders.

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15-May-2019 10:30 AM EDT
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    14-May-2019 1:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 712660

How Much Language Are Unborn Children Exposed to in the Womb?

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The different soundscapes of NICUs has recently attracted interest in how changes in what we hear in our earliest days might affect language development in the brain. One ongoing study is hoping to better understand these differences by painting a clearer picture of what kinds of sounds full-term infants are exposed to in the womb. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are conducting one of the first studies on how often full-term fetuses hear spoken language before birth. They will present their preliminary findings at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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10-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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    13-May-2019 4:00 PM EDT

Article ID: 712588

Want to Expand Your Toddler’s Vocabulary? Find Another Child

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

Children glean all kinds of information from the people around them. In particular, children mimic and learn speech patterns from their family. Previous work has shown that infants attend selectively to their mother’s voice over another female’s voice. But new research suggests that children learn new words best from other children. Yuanyuan Wang will present research findings from a collaborative work with Amanda Seidl from Purdue University at the 177th ASA Meeting, May 13-17.

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10-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 712628

Learning Language

University of Delaware

When it comes to learning a language, the left side of the brain has traditionally been considered the hub of language processing. But new research from the University of Delaware shows the right brain plays a critical early role in helping learners identify the basic sounds associated with a language. That could help find new teaching methods to better improve student success in picking up a foreign language.

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9-May-2019 10:55 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712185

Four WVU faculty awarded Fulbright grants

West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Four West Virginia University faculty members, all in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, have received grants from the U.S. Fulbright Scholar Program to conduct research abroad.

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1-May-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Arts and Humanities

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Article ID: 712004

Some Children Find It Harder to Understand What Strangers Are Saying

New York University

New research by New York University Steinhardt Associate Professor Susannah Levi finds that children with poorer language skills are at a disadvantage when given tasks or being spoken to by strangers because they cannot, as easily as their peers, understand speech from people they do not know.

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26-Apr-2019 3:30 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Article ID: 711895

Meaning Without Words: Gestures and Visual Animations Reveal Cognitive Origins of Linguistic Meaning

New York University

Gestures and visual animations can help reveal the cognitive origins of meaning, indicating that our minds can assign a linguistic structure to new informational content “on the fly”—even if it is not linguistic in nature.

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25-Apr-2019 8:00 AM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences


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