Neuroscience

Study reveals brain activity patterns underlying fluent speech

When we speak, we engage nearly 100 muscles, continuously moving our lips, jaw, tongue, and throat to shape our breath into the fluent sequences of sounds that form our words and sentences. A new study by UC San Francisco ...

Medical research

Hidden impatience revealed in linguistics study

Someone's asked you a question, and halfway through it, you already know the answer. While you think you're politely waiting for your chance to respond, new research shows that you're actually more impatient than you realize.

Other

Beatboxing poses little risk of injury to voice

You might think that beatboxing, with its harsh, high-energy percussive sounds, would be harder on the voice than the sweet song of a soprano. But according to new research by voice expert Dr. H. Steven Sims of the University ...

Other

Ultrasound technology records tongues in action

Researchers from five Scottish universities are using ultrasound and MRI technology to build a three dimensional visualisation of tongues in action during speech.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Voice prostheses can help patients regain their lost voice

Help is on the way for people who suffer from vocal cord dysfunction. Researchers are developing methods that will contribute to manufacturing voice prostheses with improved affective features. For example, for little girls ...