What happens when people listen to something? How do they distinguish between sounds and spoken words? Speech is distinguished by two characteristics: the voice of the speaker and the linguistic content itself, including the sound of speech. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE) and the University of Maastricht have now demonstrated that the brain, the auditory cortex, adapts to what a person wants to hear. It focuses either on the voice of a speaker or on the sound of speech.
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