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Subject: Voice and sound processing in the brain
Question: Hello,

How does the brain recognize whether a signal is a voice (and belongs to a language system) or it is a noise? From what age can a young baby gain this ability?

And finally could you please introduce me some books or sources on these topics for additional information?


From: K
Date: 29-Aug-2012
  1. Re: Voice and sound processing in the brain    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (30-Aug-2012)
  2. Re: Voice and sound processing in the brain    Anthea Fraser Gupta     (02-Sep-2012)
  3. Re: Voice and sound processing in the brain    Geoffrey Richard Sampson     (31-Aug-2012)

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