Differences between deep neural networks and human perception

 

 

 

 

 

 

When your mother calls your name, you know it’s her voice—no matter the volume, even over a poor cell phone connection. And when you see her face, you know it’s hers—if she is far away, if the lighting is poor, or if you are on a bad FaceTime call. This robustness to variation is a hallmark of human perception. On the other hand, we are susceptible to illusions: We might fail to distinguish between sounds or images that are, in fact, different. Scientists have explained many of these illusions, but we lack a full understanding of the invariances in our auditory and visual systems.

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The Language You Speak Influences Where Your Attention Goes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Psycholinguistics is a field at the intersection of psychology and linguistics, and one if its recent discoveries is that the languages we speak influence our eye movements. For example, English speakers who hear candle often look at a candy because the two words share their first syllable. Research with speakers of different languages revealed that bilingual speakers not only look at words that share sounds in one language but also at words that share sounds across their two languages. When Russian-English bilinguals hear the English word marker, they also look at a stamp, because the Russian word for stamp is marka.

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Music captivates listeners and synchronizes their brainwaves

 

 

 

 

 

 

Music has the ability to captivate us; when listeners engage with music, they follow its sounds closely, connecting to what they hear in an affective and invested way. But what is it about music that keeps the audience engaged? A study by researchers from The City College of New York and the University of Arkansas charts new ground in understanding the neural responses to music.

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Ensino de música pode remodelar áreas do cérebro associadas à linguagem

 

 

 

 

 

A música tem efeitos biológicos sobre o cérebro de crianças – é capaz de remodelar áreas responsáveis pelo processamento de sons, que por sua vez estão relacionadas a habilidades linguísticas como leitura e comunicação verbal. É o que mostra um estudo publicado no The Journal of Neuroscience, o primeiro a mapear os efeitos de programas educacionais de música no cérebro.

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