Bionic speech recognition

As speech recognition systems become more commonplace – on the computer desktop top, at the call centre and even in the car – it is increasingly important to ensure that the voice signal is as clear as possible before it is processed by a computer a…

Fetus heart races when mom reads poetry

New research findings on the ability of a fetus to recognize its mother’s voice and even distinguish it from other female voices confirms what scientists have speculated about for more than 20 years – that experiences in the womb help shape newborn preferences and behaviour. Dr. Barbara Kisilevsky, a Queen’s University professor of nursing along with a team of psychologists at Queen’s and obstetricians in Hangzhou, China, found that fetuses are capable of learning in the womb and can remember and recognize their mother’s voice before they are even born.