Neuroscience

Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

How clear speech equates to clear memory

Some conversations are forgotten as soon as they are over, while other exchanges may leave lasting imprints. University of Texas at Austin researchers Sandie Keerstock and Rajka Smiljanic want to understand why and how listeners ...

Health

Turn down the music. Here's why.

(HealthDay)—Parents annoyed by the loud music that their teens listen to might have good reason to worry.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study shows people are not good at recognising voices

"Alexa, who am I?" Amazon Echo's voice-controlled virtual assistant, Alexa, doesn't have an answer to that – yet. However, for other applications of speech technology, computer algorithms are increasingly able to discriminate, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Cell phone use and distracted driving begins in the mind

We all know that talking on a cell phone impedes your driving ability. But new research from the University of Iowa is helping us understand how even a simple conversation can affect your brain's ability to focus on the roadway.

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