Christmas Carol Talk
Even without the lyrics, the tunes of some Christmas carols -- such as "Jingle Bells" or "Deck the Halls" -- sound uplifting. But the melodies of other songs like "We Three Kings" have a different, somber sound.
A mechanical model of vocalization
When people speak, sing, or shout, they produce sound by pushing air over their vocal folds -- bits of muscle and tissue that manipulate the air flow and vibrate within it. When someone has polyps or some other problem with ...
The Link Between Birdsong And Human Language
Scientists studying how Bengalese finches use sets of syllables to communicate are a step closer to understanding how humans develop and use vocabulary. After studying the neural networks in finch brains, ...
Researchers unlock the 'sound of learning' by linking sensory and motor systems
Learning to talk also changes the way speech sounds are heard, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated resear ...
Sights and sounds of emotion trigger big brain responses
Researchers at the University of York have identified a part of the brain that responds to both facial and vocal expressions of emotion.
Brain responds to human voice in one fifth of a second
(PhysOrg.com) -- Psychology researchers have found the sound of the human voice can be recognised by the brain in less than one fifth of a second.
Researcher 'Shows the Voice' in Swallowing Disorders
(PhysOrg.com) -- Using his background in aerospace engineering and signal processing, a UC researcher is finding new ways to help physicians listen to their patients: by teaching them to look at the signal, ...
Deep brain stimulation may be effective treatment for Tourette's syndrome
Deep brain stimulation may be a safe and effective treatment for Tourette syndrome, according to research published in the October 27, 2009, print issue of Neurology.
Thyroid surgery safe for older patients, study finds
Thyroid surgery is safe for older patients, say physicians who found only slight differences in rates of complications and hospital readmissions in a multi-year study.
Infants able to identify humans as source of speech, monkeys as source of monkey calls
Infants as young as five months old are able to correctly identify humans as the source of speech and monkeys as the source of monkey calls, psychology researchers have found. Their finding, which appears in the latest issue ...
Singing During Pregnancy May Be Harder Due To Hormones
The question of how hormones affect a woman's voice is relevant to professional singers because hormonal fluctuations may place them at risk of injury. Knowing when the risks are greatest would help singers avoid performing ...
Transgenic songbirds provide new tool to understand the brain
A new genetic tool will enable scientists to study vocal learning and neurogenesis at the molecular level in songbirds.
Corticosteroid injections may be helpful to manage vocal fold polyps without surgery
Corticosteroid injections appear to offer an alternative to surgery for treating polyps on the vocal cords, according to a report in the August issue of Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Songbirds' elaborate cries for food show first signs of vocal learning
(PhysOrg.com) -- Only a handful of social animals -- songbirds, some marine mammals, some bats and humans -- learn to actively style their vocal communications. Babies, for instance, start by babbling, their first chance ...