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2010-08-05 15:43:53

UC Riverside study finds that we sound like the people we talk with, even when we can't hear them Humans are incessant imitators. We unintentionally imitate subtle aspects of each other's mannerisms, postures and facial expressions. We also imitate each other's speech patterns, including inflections, talking speed and speaking style. Sometimes, we even take on the foreign accent of the person to whom we're talking, leading to embarrassing consequences. New research by the University of...

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2009-11-30 10:50:05

Your largest organ, the skin, plays a part in what you hear, Canadian researchers announced. Research found that silent puffs of air sent with specific sounds affected what people thought they were hearing. The results indicate that audio and visual hints were not the only ways people hear. In this unique study, researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver wanted to determine if tactile feelings contribute to how sounds are heard. They used puffs of air accompanied by...

2009-09-14 11:15:52

British scientists say their finding that computers are better lip-readers than humans may lead to improved lip-reading training for the deaf. A new study by the University of East Anglia compared the performance of a machine-based lip-reading system with that of 19 human lip-readers. The researchers found the automated system significantly outperformed the human lip-readers -- scoring a recognition rate of 80 percent, compared with only 32 percent for human viewers on the same task. The...

2009-09-10 08:45:48

A new study by the University of East Anglia (UEA) suggests computers are now better at lip-reading than humans. The peer-reviewed findings will be presented for the first time at the eighth International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP) 2009, held at the University of East Anglia from September 10-13. A research team from the School of Computing Sciences at UEA compared the performance of a machine-based lip-reading system with that of 19 human lip-readers. They found...

2009-04-22 09:55:00

Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have created lip-reading computers that can distinguish between different languages.Computers that can read lips are already in development but this is the first time they have been 'taught' to recognise different languages. The discovery could have practical uses for deaf people, for law enforcement agencies, and in noisy environments.Led by Stephen Cox and Jake Newman of UEA's School of Computing Sciences, the groundbreaking research will be...

2009-04-02 08:43:11

Can you read lips? You probably think you cannot. However, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and City College of New York report that what you see can improve your understanding what you hear "“ as much as sixfold. In fact, you lip-read more than you realize.It all comes together in your brain, which marries the visual information you derive from the person's face and lip movements to help you interpret what you hear, said Wei Ji Ma, Ph.D., assistant professor of neuroscience at...

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2009-03-04 11:55:30

Understanding what a friend is saying in the hubbub of a noisy party can present a challenge "“ unless you can see the friend's face. New research from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and the City College of New York shows that the visual information you absorb when you see can improve your understanding of the spoken words by as much as sixfold. Your brain uses the visual information derived from the person's face and lip movements to help you interpret what you hear, and this...

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2009-02-12 09:24:54

When someone speaks to you, do you see what they are saying? We tend to think of speech as being something we hear, but recent studies suggest that we use a variety of senses for speech perception - that the brain treats speech as something we hear, see and even feel. In a new report in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, psychologist Lawrence Rosenblum describes research examining how our different senses blend together to help...

2008-09-09 00:00:18

By PAUL TAYLOR Theatre LIPSYNCH Barbican LONDON ***** Robert Lepage will be called a wunderkind until the day he dies. But as he coasts into his second half-century, "the marvellous boy" has developed into a deeply mature adult. As well as wowing us with the theatrical wizardry that has always been his hallmark, he's now willing to share open-heartedly the fruits of the emotional wisdom he has evidently learnt from first-hand experience of pain, confusion and loneliness. I won't misuse...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'