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How Does The Brain Decode Speech?

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How Does The Brain Decode Speech?

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How Does The Brain Decode Speech?

How Does The Brain Decode Speech?

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What happens to words after the ear picks them up? Neuroscientist Sophie Scott of University College London discusses the latest theories of speech perception, from how the brain recognizes a familiar voice to how it adjusts to each speaker's unique pitch and accent.