Scientists decode how the brain hears words
US: US scientists said Wednesday they have found a way to decode how
the brain hears words, in what researchers described as a major step
toward one day helping people communicate after paralysis or stroke.
By placing electrodes on the brains of research subjects and then
having them listen to conversations, scientists were able to analyze the
sound frequencies registered and figure out which words they were
"We were focused on how the brain processes the sounds of speech,"
researcher Brian Pasley of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the
University of California Berkeley told AFP.
"Most of the information in speech is between one to 8,000 hertz.
Essentially the brain analyzes those different sound frequencies in
somewhat separate locations." AFP