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Sound sense: Brain ‘listens’ for distinctive features in sounds

March 26, 2019 by

For humans to achieve accurate speech recognition and communicate with one another, the auditory system must recognize distinct categories of sounds -- such as words -- from a continuous incoming stream of sounds. This task becomes complicated when considering the variability in sounds produced by individuals with different accents, pitches, or intonations. In a new paper, researchers detail a computational model that explores how the auditory system tackles this complex task.

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