Do you hear what I hear?

The pint of science festival takes place from 9-11 May. You will find interesting talks in different locations. If you have difficulties to decide to which event you want to go, we can recommend the first session on Monday 9th at The student Hotel Maastricht. During the session ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ Xan Duggirala, Pia Brinkmann and Jana Devos will present interesting facts about hearing, auditory hallucinations and tinnitus.

The link for the event is here.

The link to the session ‘Do you hear what I hear?’ is here.

EMOSEX – Emotion prevails over sex during implicit judgement of faces.

Do we associated anger more with a male face and happiness more with a female face? Does this association between emotion and gender also extend to the auditory domain (e.g., voices)?

Faces and voices are more likely to be judged as male when they are angry, and as female when they are happy, new research has revealed. The study found that how we understand the emotional expression of a face or voice is heavily influenced by perceived sex, and vice versa. He said: “This study shows how important it is not to rely too much on your first impressions, as they can easily be wrong. “Next time you find yourself attributing happiness or sadness to a woman be aware of your bias and possible misinterpretation.”

If these questions poke your interest, please read here and find our article here.

Left motor delta oscillations reflect asynchrony detection in multisensory speech perception (New paper by former BANDLAB members E. Biau & B. Schultz)

Read how Biau and colleagues manipulated audio-visual asynchrony detection and their results that read like this:

‘Results confirm (i) that participants accurately detected audio-visual asynchrony, and (ii) increased delta power in the left motor cortex in response to audio-visual asynchrony. The difference of delta power between asynchronous and synchronous conditions predicted behavioural performance, and (iii) decreased delta-beta coupling in the left motor cortex when listeners could not accurately map visual and auditory prosodies. Finally, both behavioural and neurophysiological evidence was altered when a speaker’s face was degraded by a visual mask.’

Those results suggest that asynchrony detection of audio-visual stimuli in speech is supported by left motor delta oscillations!

Read more here: https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2965-20.2022