Category Archives: sound

The Cocktail Party Problem

You’re at a crowded cocktail party (or a bar or anywhere else crowded, for that matter) and you somehow hear someone talking to you. How does that happen? Your ears are taking in so much sound and somehow you are able to make sense out of that one voice. This is a central question within the neuroscience of sound perception.  In this episode, we trace an outline for how we hear in this crowded cocktail party. Listen to University of Maryland Professor, Shihab Shamma, explain.

This is the eleventh (and final) piece in a series about the information found in sound. Contributors to this piece can be found here.

Social Guide to Babbling

It’s sort of amazing how babies can figure out language without being told any explicit rules. In this episode, we learn about how babies are actually a lot like songbirds in the Australian Outback: they’re guided to babble in certain ways that slowly build toward the language in their environment. Strangely, there is no imitation taking place!  Hear all about these new ideas from Cornell University research Michael Goldstein.

This is the tenth piece in a series about the information found in sound. Contributors to this piece can be found here.