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Cocktail party science: Do you understand the phrases?

Direct recordings have revealed what happens in our brains as we make sense of speech in a noisy environment.

University of California Berkeley researchers measured brain activity of people who took part in a test using clips like these - sets of phrases that are designed to mimic the moment when unclear speech suddenly makes sense to the listener.

The researchers then measured patterns in their brains.

The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications.

  • 21 Dec 2016