Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Language and Music

Diana Deutsch, a psychologist who studies the psychology of music, has discovered a very interesting phenomenon connecting language and music. She recorded a lecture that he had given and played it back so that a single phrase looped over and over. After a while, she stopped hearing the phrase as spoken words, and began to hear them as music.

Dr. Deutsch was interviewed on New York Public Radio's "Radio Lab". She also has a web site, where you can hear this effect for yourself:

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