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August 10, 2020

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Non-Invasive Nerve Stimulation Boosts Learning of Foreign Language Sounds

New research by neuroscientists revealed that a simple, earbud-like device that imperceptibly stimulates the brain could significantly improve the wearer's ability to learn the sounds of a new ...

Key Brain Region Was 'Recycled' as Humans Developed the Ability to Read

A new study offers evidence that the brain's inferotemporal cortex, which is specialized to perform object recognition, has been repurposed for a key component of reading called orthographic ...

Even If You Want To, You Can't Ignore How People Look or Sound

Your perceptions of someone you just met are influenced in part by what they look like and how they sound. But can you ignore how someone looks or how they sound if you're told it is not relevant? ...
Researchers have found that our brains may recall some common words, like 'pig,' 'tank,' and 'door,' much more often than others, including 'cat,' 'street,' and 'stair.' By ...
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Authors' 'Invisible' Words Reveal Blueprint for Storytelling

The ''invisible'' words that shaped Dickens classics also lead audiences through Spielberg dramas. And according to new research, these small words can be found in a similar ...

Language May Undermine Women in Science and Tech

Researchers examined gender stereotypes baked into 25 languages to explore why fewer women enter science, technology, engineering and mathematics ...

Context Reduces Racial Bias in Hate Speech Detection Algorithms

When it comes to accurately flagging hate speech on social media, context matters, says a new study aimed at reducing errors that could amplify racial ...

Researchers Foresee Linguistic Issues During Space Travel

Interstellar space travelers arriving on another planet could face problems communicating with previous and subsequent arrivals, their spoken language having changed in isolation along the ...

Could Your Computer Please Be More Polite? Thank You

In a tense time when a pandemic rages, politicians wrangle for votes and protesters demand racial justice, a little politeness and courtesy go a long way. Now researchers have developed an automated ...

The Brain Uses Minimum Effort to Look for Key Information in Text

The human brain avoids taking unnecessary effort. When a person is reading, she strives to gain as much information as possible by dedicating as little of her cognitive capacity as possible to the ...

How Effective Are Language Learning Apps?

Researchers recently conducted a study focusing on Babbel, a popular subscription-based language learning app and e-learning platform, to see if it really worked at teaching a new ...

Early-Life Education Improves Memory in Old Age -- Especially for Women

Education appears to protect older adults, especially women, against memory loss, according to a new ...

Some Infants Can Identify Differences in Musical Tones at Six Months

Neuroscientists suggest the capacity to hear the highs and lows, also known as the major and minor notes in music, may come before you take a single lesson; you may actually be born with it. The ...

Exploring the Use of 'Stretchable' Words in Social Media

An investigation of Twitter messages reveals new insights and tools for studying how people use stretched words, such as 'duuuuude,' 'heyyyyy,' or ...

New Linguistic Findings on the Prevalence of 'LOL'

A new study involving a scientific analysis of the prevalence of 'LOL' in students' text messages demonstrates important potential applications for classroom ...

Chimpanzees Help Trace the Evolution of Human Speech Back to Ancient Ancestors

One of the most promising theories for the evolution of human speech has finally received support from chimpanzee ...

Gestures Heard as Well as Seen

Gesturing with the hands while speaking is a common human behavior, but no one knows why we do it. Now, a group of researchers reports that gesturing adds emphasis to speech -- but not in the way ...

Chinese to Rise as a Global Language

With the continuing rise of China as a global economic and trading power, there is no barrier to prevent Chinese from becoming a global language like English, according to new ...

The Dreaming Brain Tunes out the Outside World

Scientists have shown that the brain suppresses information from the outside world, such as the sound of a conversation, during the sleep phase linked to dreaming. This ability could be one of the ...

Similar Brain Glitch Found in Slips of Signing, Speaking

The discovery of a common neural mechanism in speech and ASL errors -- one that occurs in just 40 milliseconds -- could improve recovery in deaf signers after a ...

New Genes Linked to Severe Childhood Speech Disorder

An international study has discovered nine new genes linked to the most severe type of childhood speech disorder, ...

What Protects Minority Languages from Extinction?

A new study uses mathematical modelling to suggest two mechanisms through which majority and minority languages come to coexist in the same ...

Origins of Human Language Pathway in the Brain at Least 25 Million Years Old

The human language pathway in the brain has been identified by scientists as being at least 25 million years old -- 20 million years older than previously ...

Analyzing Patients Shortly After Stroke Can Help Link Brain Regions to Speech Functions

New research shows analyzing the brains of stroke victims just days after the stroke allows researchers to link various speech functions to different parts of the brain, an important breakthrough ...

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