Thursday, May 25, 2017
Whether our speech is fast or slow, we say about the same - NEUROSCIENCE
The purpose of speech is communication, not speed — so perhaps some new research findings, while counterintuitive, should come as no surprise. Whether we speak quickly or slowly, the new study reports, we end up conveying information at about the same rate, because faster speech packs less information in each utterance.
The study suggests we tend to converse within a narrow channel of communication data so that we do not provide too much or too little information at a given time, said Uriel Cohen Priva, author of the study in the March issue of Cognition and assistant professor in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences at Brown University.
“It seems the constraints on how much information per second we should transmit are fairly strict, or stricter than we thought they were,” Cohen Priva said.
Gif: MRI of two people speaking in two different languages because I kind of love the graphic of this.