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Babies Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics Months Before Their

Babies' Brains Rehearse Speech Mechanics Months Before Their First Words

Molly McElroy, University of Washington Infants can tell the difference between sounds of all languages until about 8 months of age when their brains start to focus only on the sounds they hear around them. It's been unclear how this...

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2014-06-28 14:45:19

University of Cologne Researchers explain the link between language and emotions A team of researchers headed by the Erfurt-based psychologist Prof. Ralf Rummer and the Cologne-based phoneticist Prof. Martine Grice has carried out some ground-breaking experiments to uncover the links between language and emotions. They were able to demonstrate that the articulation of vowels systematically influences our feelings and vice versa. The research project looked at the question of whether...

Hand Gentures Often Help Determine What Is Being Said
2014-06-23 14:14:00

Alan McStravick for redorbit.com - Your Universe online The basics of communication rely on a number of individual components. Not only do you need the participants in the communication – the sender and the receiver – but each party has to be able to encode and decode the message. Communication can consist of both verbal and non-verbal cues. Non-verbal cues, such as hand gestures, have long been thought to be aids in the encode/decode process, helping the receiver to infer the intended...

faking laughter
2014-05-07 05:24:07

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online We’ve all pretended to laugh at those bad jokes our friends, family members or coworkers tell every now and then, but how often are we convincing in those efforts? Apparently, just over one-third of the time, according to UCLA associate professor of communication studies Greg Bryant. In what the university is calling “the first scholarly exploration of the acoustic differences between fake and genuine laughter and our ability...

Beatboxing Safer Than Singing
2013-12-23 13:54:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The internet is full of people performing vocal gymnastics routines known as beatboxing – routines full of hash percussive sounds and larynx-straining squeals. According to a new study from researchers at the University of Illinois, beatboxing may actually be less harmful to the vocal cords than conventional singing. "While there are lots of data on how the voice is used and can be injured in singers, little is known about the...

Koalas Have A Unique Organ That Allows Mating Calls Similar To Elephants
2013-12-03 04:59:44

[ Watch the Video: Belching For The Ladies, Koala-Style ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Koalas have the appearance of a living teddy bear, inviting many of us to assume they are cute and placid. When mating season starts, however, the males produce a bellow that defies their size and cuteness. As the males inhale, they make a sound somewhat like a creaky door, according to National Geographic reporter Ed Yong. Exhalations sound more like someone belching,...

Elephants And Humans Share Similar, Yet Distinct, Vocal Abilities
2013-10-17 12:13:06

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Last year researchers from the University of Vienna settled a longstanding debate over the way elephants make sounds. With the natural passing of an African elephant in Berlin Tierpark Zoo in 2010, the researchers were able to recover the larynx and bring it into the lab for studying. In their paper released last year the researchers explained how similar an elephant's vocal system is to those used by humans. Lead researcher...

2013-10-05 23:02:35

NetXNews reviews Hooked On Phonics and evaluates the research behind the claims that phonics games can increase children’s reading skills. San Diego, CA (PRWEB) October 05, 2013 According to the Children’s Reading Foundation (1), one in four children entering fourth grade is reading at kindergarten, first, or second grade levels. This means that the child can miss approximately half of the fourth grade material, and trail behind with decreasing levels of self-esteem and lack of...

2013-08-07 23:17:35

Developers can now enjoy many phonetic symbols and languages by using the NeoSpeech text-to-speech engine and its VoiceText™ Markup Language (VTML). Santa Clara, CA (PRWEB) August 07, 2013 NeoSpeech, a leader in text-to-speech (TTS) software and speech-enabled solutions, has improved its phonetic languages support. Developers can now enjoy many phonetic symbols and languages by using the NeoSpeech text-to-speech engine and its VoiceText™ Markup Language (VTML). Currently, NeoSpeech...

Reducing Voice Loss In The Elderly With Vocal Training
2013-06-25 05:32:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers have successfully used vocal training to reduce some of the voice problems experienced by older rats and their work could ultimately lead to new treatment options for aging humans experiencing similar issues. University of Illinois speech and hearing science professor Aaron Johnson and colleagues from the University of Wisconsin explain that the aging process can cause the muscles of the larynx (the organ which...


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Larynx
2013-01-18 11:20:23

The larynx is an organ that is located within the throat, commonly referred to as the “voicebox”. While the larynx is the primary organ responsible for voice production, it is also crucial in breathing and protecting the airway structures. Location and Structure The larynx is a tube-shaped organ with an average length of four inches. It is located between the hypopharynx and the trachea. It is divided into three sections labeled supraglottis, glottis, and subglottis. The skeletal...

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  • Scandinavian punch made of claret and aquavit with spices and raisins and orange peel and sugar.
This word comes from the Swedish 'glogg,' which is an alteration of 'glodgat,' mulled (wine).
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