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Stop shouting at me: Why clear speech can sound angry

Stop shouting at me: Why clear speech can sound angry | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
When loved ones lose their hearing, audiologists often counsel spouses and family members to speak clearly so they are better understood. But hearing loss professionals say that this well-meaning advice can backfire: clear speech can make you sound angry. A new study supports the idea that clear speech can carry negative overtones even when the phrase itself is emotionally neutral.
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Clearly enunciated speech can also sound patronising adding to the negative reaction of those with hearing loss...like me.

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The science of audio illusions, or fooling people's ears

The science of audio illusions, or fooling people's ears | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Diana Deutsch is a professor of psychology at the University of San Diego, and a master at manipulating people's ears. While researching quirks in the way humans hear things, she has invented many auditory illusions. Here are some of the weirdest, and why they work.
Gerald Carey's insight:

A good couple of example videos showing that rarely published phenomenon of aural illusions.

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You Don't Know What You're Saying

You Don't Know What You're Saying | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
Our awareness of our own speech often comes after the words have left our mouth, not before
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Do we pre-plan what we say or do we think about what are going to say depending on what we just said. It was only a simp,e experiment but this study suggests it might be the latter idea.

Of particular interest is the method the experimenters used to fool the brain.

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Diana Deutsch's Audio Illusions : Phantom Words : Deutsch's Sometimes Behave

Diana Deutsch's Audio Illusions : Phantom Words : Deutsch's Sometimes Behave | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

In our final demonstration, speech is made to be heard as song, and this is achieved without transforming the sounds in any way, or by adding any musical context, but simply by repeating a phrase several times over

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