Psychology & Psychiatry

What is a scream? The acoustics of a primal human call

Screams are prompted by a variety of emotions—from joyful surprise to abject terror. No matter what sparks them, however, human screams share distinctive acoustic parameters that listeners are attuned to, suggests a new ...

Surgery

Novel research explores way to restore silenced voices

A swarm of cicadas that left thousands of insect carcasses across the Vanderbilt University campus in 2011 is leading to transinstitutional research at the Vanderbilt Institute for Surgery and Engineering (VISE) and Vanderbilt ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Chronic throat clearing may be the body's response to irritants

"Ahem!" This could be the sound of getting someone's attention, but when it occurs repeatedly, it may also be the sound of chronic throat clearing. Chronic throat clearing is a common problem that may or may not be associated ...

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