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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Listen up! at the Science Museum

Being able to hear small acoustic differences between spoken words is vital for comprehension. Although this may be effortless in your native language it can be very difficult to hear similar differences between spoken words in a second language, particularly if you learn that language in adulthood.

In order to learn more about the listening skills that children and adults use in understanding speech, a group of scientists from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit  led by Matt Davis and Sam Evans will be running simple tests of speech perception at the Science Museum in London. The experiment will be set-up every Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday in the Who Am I? gallery of the museum between the 16th January and 30th March 2013. Museum visitors can do a simple listening test to assess their ability to hear small differences between spoken words. They will also learn about how MRC-CBU scientists use Magnetic Resonance Imaging and other methods to study what goes on in the brain and in the mouth when people are speaking and listening.

You can read more about this project here

What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.