Medical research

Study explains 'cocktail party effect' in hearing impairment

Plenty of people struggle to make sense of a multitude of converging voices in a crowded room. Commonly known as the "cocktail party effect," people with hearing loss find it's especially difficult to understand speech in ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

A fraction of a second is all you need to feel the music

The brain does not necessarily perceive the sounds in music simultaneously as they are being played. New research sheds light on musicians' implicit knowledge of sound and timing.

Medical research

Newly discovered memory process influences decision-making

Learned connections between stimuli and reward—like the positive emotions associated with popular brands—have a powerful influence over our future decisions. Scientists have started to discover why.

Neuroscience

How the brain dials up the volume to hear someone in a crowd

Our brains have a remarkable ability to pick out one voice from among many. Now, a team of Columbia University neuroengineers has uncovered the steps that take place in the brain to make this feat possible. Today's discovery ...

Neuroscience

Researcher observes active role of auditory neurons

Cells in the brainstem that underlie sound localization, compare signals at the two ears and can pause while doing so. This was shown by researchers at the Laboratory for Auditory Neurophysiology in Leuven, who were the first ...

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