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Neural Entrainment To Speech Influences How We Hear Words

Have you ever found yourself finishing someone else’s sentences, even though you don’t really know them that well? Fortunately, the ability to predict what someone is going to say next isn’t the preserve of turtle doves or those in long-term relationships. Our brain processes all kinds of information to estimate what’s going to come next, […]

Axonogenesis Gene Variants Linked To Sound–color Synesthesia

New genetic clues that could help explain the biology of synaesthesia are reported by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the University of Cambridge. The researchers carefully analysed the DNA of three families in which multiple members, across several different generations, experience colour when listening to sounds. One in 25 people have […]

Language Learning Brain Circuits May Predate Humans

Language is learned in brain systems that are also used for many other purposes and even pre-existed humans, suggests new research from Georgetown University. This contradicts the common hypothesis that humans learn language using brain components that are specifically dedicated to the purpose. “Our conclusion that language is learned in such ancient general-purpose systems contrasts […]

Infants Understand That Foreign Languages Can Communicate

Twelve-month-olds recognize that speech in a language not their own is used for communication, a new study has found. The results offer new insights into how language is processed at a young age. “By their first birthday, babies understand that foreign languages can communicate information between people, even though the babies themselves don’t understand the […]

Inner Speech May Also Generate An Efference Copy

Talking to ourselves in our heads may have fundamental similarities with speaking our thoughts out loud, new research from the University of New South Wales shows. The findings could have substantial implications for understanding why people with mental illnesses such as schizophrenia hear voices. As you read this text, the chances are you can hear […]