Psychology & Psychiatry

Associating colours with vowels? Almost everyone does

Does [a:] as in baa sound more green or more red? And is [i:] as in beet light or dark in colour? Even though we perceive speech and colour are perceived with different sensory organs, nearly everyone has an idea about what ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Study reveals vision's role in vowel perception

For all talkers, except perhaps the very best ventriloquists, the production of speech is accompanied by visible facial movements. Because speech is more than just sound, researchers set out to ascertain the exact visual ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Do we judge distance based on how a word sounds?

Marketers and brand managers responsible for naming new products should be interested to learn that people associate certain sounds with nearness and others with distance, say researchers from the University of Toronto, whose ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Baby talk: Babies prefer listening to their own kind

A McGill University/UQAM research team has discovered that six-month-old infants appear to be much more interested in listening to other babies than they are in listening to adults. The researchers believe that an attraction ...

Pediatrics

Video: Baby talk in any language

UConn researcher Nairán Ramírez-Esparza, assistant professor of psychology, has found that how you talk to children matters.

Psychology & Psychiatry

Researchers explain the link between language and emotions

A team of researchers headed by the Erfurt-based psychologist Prof. Ralf Rummer and the Cologne-based phoneticist Prof. Martine Grice has carried out some ground-breaking experiments to uncover the links between language ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

Need a new brand name? Think of your vowels, says new research

A simple shift in a vowel's sound can change the way people think and make decisions about objects – leading to a greater connection between a brand's name and product features a business wants to highlight, says new research ...

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