Nuanced neurons help distinguish voices in a crowded room

Nuanced neurons help distinguish voices in a crowded room

Better hearing aids and improved speech recognition technologies could result from research that has discovered neurons that help people to tune into specific conversations in a crowded room. In order to focus on a particular conversation, listeners need to be able to focus on the voice of the speaker they wish to listen to. This process is called selective attention and it has been long known that it happens in the auditory cortex, which processes speech information. Selective attention helps the brain to modulate sound information and to prioritise information over the background noise. However, what triggers selective attention […]