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Mothers use a different tone of voice when speaking to their babies then they do with other adults. Wow, what a fucking breakthrough...

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Mums alter the timbre of their voice when speaking "motherese" - or baby talk - say scientists in the US.

Timbre refers to the unique quality of a sound and is why a piano sounds different to a violin, even when playing the same note.

Experiments at the Princeton Baby Laboratory found women use different timbres when talking to adults and babies.

The same vocal shift was found across women speaking 10 languages.

Dr Elise Piazza said: "It's so consistent across mothers, they all use the same kind of shift to go between those modes."

Many of the traits of baby talk, such as differences in speed and pitch, are thought to help infants develop language skills, but this is the first time a shift in timbre has been discovered.

When you describe a voice as nasal or hoarse, gravelly or velvety, then you are talking about its timbre.

The mums were recorded while they interacted with their child, aged between seven and 12 months, and to the adult researchers.

The scientific team then took "vocal fingerprints" by measuring the spectrum of sounds within the recordings.

The results on 12 English-speaking mums, published in the journal Current Biology, showed a unique speech pattern was directed at infants.

A computer programme was trained to spot the difference and it could then find it - in less than one second - in mums speaking other languages.

The difference was found in 12 non-English speakers communicating in languages including Hebrew, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Dr Piazza told the BBC: "There is wide-ranging research showing infants learn better from infant-directed versus adult-directed speech.

"Specifically they can segment words into syllables better and they can learn novel words better and that probably encompasses these timbre features."

The study did not look at dads or grandparents, but the researchers anticipate similar timbre adjustments.

Prof Jenny Saffran, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, commented: "This is the first study to ask whether [mothers] also change the timbre of their voice, manipulating the kinds of features that differentiate musical instruments from one another.

"This is fascinating because clearly speakers are not aware of changing their timbre, and this new study shows that it is a highly reliable feature of the way we speak to babies."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41588608

Up next, scientists discover that humans use a different tone of voice to address their dogs than they do with other humans. :roll:

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Mothers use a different tone of voice when speaking to their babies then they do with other adults. Wow, what a fucking breakthrough...

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Mums alter the timbre of their voice when speaking "motherese" - or baby talk - say scientists in the US.

Timbre refers to the unique quality of a sound and is why a piano sounds different to a violin, even when playing the same note.

Experiments at the Princeton Baby Laboratory found women use different timbres when talking to adults and babies.

The same vocal shift was found across women speaking 10 languages.

Dr Elise Piazza said: "It's so consistent across mothers, they all use the same kind of shift to go between those modes."

Many of the traits of baby talk, such as differences in speed and pitch, are thought to help infants develop language skills, but this is the first time a shift in timbre has been discovered.

When you describe a voice as nasal or hoarse, gravelly or velvety, then you are talking about its timbre.

The mums were recorded while they interacted with their child, aged between seven and 12 months, and to the adult researchers.

The scientific team then took "vocal fingerprints" by measuring the spectrum of sounds within the recordings.

The results on 12 English-speaking mums, published in the journal Current Biology, showed a unique speech pattern was directed at infants.

A computer programme was trained to spot the difference and it could then find it - in less than one second - in mums speaking other languages.

The difference was found in 12 non-English speakers communicating in languages including Hebrew, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Dr Piazza told the BBC: "There is wide-ranging research showing infants learn better from infant-directed versus adult-directed speech.

"Specifically they can segment words into syllables better and they can learn novel words better and that probably encompasses these timbre features."

The study did not look at dads or grandparents, but the researchers anticipate similar timbre adjustments.

Prof Jenny Saffran, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, commented: "This is the first study to ask whether [mothers] also change the timbre of their voice, manipulating the kinds of features that differentiate musical instruments from one another.

"This is fascinating because clearly speakers are not aware of changing their timbre, and this new study shows that it is a highly reliable feature of the way we speak to babies."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41588608

Up next, scientists discover that humans use a different tone of voice to address their dogs than they do with other humans. :roll:




Obviously they need more funding.

Because the results came up positive, and we need to know just how doomed our society will be without that extra cash flow.

*wink wink nod nod*

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:lol: next study will investigate if women alter their voices when "talking" to their husbands....

"WHY DONT YOU TAKE OUT THE TRASH INSTEAD OF SITTING THERE ON YOUR FAT ASS WATCHING FOOTBALL! MY MOTHER IS COMING OVER FOR DINNER!

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:lol: next study will investigate if women alter their voices when "talking" to their husbands....

"WHY DONT YOU TAKE OUT THE TRASH INSTEAD OF SITTING THERE ON YOUR FAT ASS WATCHING FOOTBALL! MY MOTHER IS COMING OVER FOR DINNER!



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Long ago BBC announced that a Brit group conducted a survey as to whether men get grumpy as they age, they found they did.

The Grumpy old man.

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abradley wrote:
Long ago BBC announced that a Brit group conducted a survey as to whether men get grumpy as they age, they found they did.

The Grumpy old man.

Leeds University? :roll:

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6897023.stm

But this isn't the one I was referring to, heard it long ago on BBC short wave.

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I know some adults like to engage in "babytalk" while engaged in sexual activities, which is just fucking wierd to me. Also it must be really awkward when you are having dinner with your girlfriend and her parents and she says "pass the salt daddy" and both you and her father reach for it at the same time.

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I know some adults like to engage in "babytalk" while engaged in sexual activities, which is just fucking wierd to me. Also it must be really awkward when you are having dinner with your girlfriend and her parents and she says "pass the salt daddy" and both you and her father reach for it at the same time.


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