Sound sense: Brain 'listens' for distinctive features in sounds

20:00 EDT 25 Mar 2019 | AAAS

(University of Pittsburgh) For humans to achieve accurate speech recognition and communicate with one another, the auditory system must recognize distinct categories of sounds - such as words - from a continuous incoming stream of sounds. This task becomes complicated when considering the variability in sounds produced by individuals with different accents, pitches, or intonations. In a Nature Communications paper, University of Pittsburgh researchers detail a computational model that explores how the auditory system tackles this complex task.

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