In recognizing speech sounds, the brain does not work the way a computer does

April 30, 2014

How does the brain decide whether something is correct? When it comes to the processing of spoken language, the theory has been that the brain applies a set of rules to determine which combinations of sounds are permissible. Now, the work of the Martinos Center's David Gow and colleagues suggests that the brain decides based on the words that are already known.

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