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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? Thanks|
|Reply:||I think it is established that babies recognize at least their mother's speech as "special", as opposed to "noise", already in the womb. The question "how does the brain recognize ..." is a very deep one, though; I'm not sure that anyone in 2012 could give an adequate answer to this (and I certainly can't, I'm afraid). Geoffrey Sampson|
|Reply From:||Geoffrey Richard Sampson click here to access email|