New Study Reveals How the Brain Recognizes Speech Sounds

Nima Mesgarani, assistant professor of electrical engineering, is the lead author of a new study on how speech sounds are identified by the human brain, offering an unprecedented insight into the basis of human language. The study, reported in Science Express (January 30, 2014), the fast-tracked online version of the journal Science, may add to our understanding of language disorders, including dyslexia. The research was conducted by Mesgarani when he was a postdoctoral fellow at UC San Francisco (UCSF) in neurosurgeon and neuroscientist Edward F. Chang’s laboratory.

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