Attention tunes the mind's ear

Attention tunes the mind's ear

Brain activity shows how one voice pattern stands out from the crowd

By Laura Sanders, 16:24 PM April 18, 2012

The brain’s power to focus can make a single voice seem like the only sound in a room full of chatter, a new study shows. The results help explain how people can pick out a speaker from a jumbled stream of incoming sounds.

A deeper understanding of this feat could help scientists better treat people who can’t sort out sound signals effectively, an ability that can decline with age.

“I think this is a truly outstanding study, which has deep implications for the way we think about the audi...

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