Weird missing speech sounds- Acousical Society of Japan

quote from Autism Diva
"Weirdness isn't [just] confined to vision. Your auditory system is also full of gaps and glitches that the brain cleans up so we can make sense of the world. This is especially true of speech.
In everyday life we encounter lots of situations that obscure or distort people's voices, yet most of the time we understand effortlessly. This is because our brain pastes in the missing sounds, a phenomenon called phonemic restoration. It is so effective that it is sometimes hard to tell that the missing sounds are not there.
A good demonstration of this effect was published last year by Makio Kashino of NTT Communication Science Laboratories in Atsugi, Japan. He recorded a voice saying "Do you understand what I'm trying to say?" then removed short chunks and replaced them with silence. This made the sentence virtually unintelligible. But when he filled the gaps with loud white noise, the sentence miraculously becomes understandable (Acoustic Science and Technology, vol 27, p 318).
"The sounds we hear are not copies of physical sounds," Kashino says. "The brain fills in the gaps, based on the information in the remaining speech signal." The effect is so powerful that you can even record a sentence, chop it into 50-millisecond slices, reverse every single slice and play it back - and it is perfectly intelligible. You can listen to Kashino's sound files at http://asj.gr.jp/2006/data/kashi/index.html."

Kashio's paper
Phonemic Restoration: The brain creates missing speech sounds
by Makio Kashino

Abstract: Under certain conditions, sounds actually missing from a speech signal can be synthesized
by the brain and clearly heard. This illusory phenomenon, known as the phonemic restoration effect,
reveals the sophisticated capability of the brain underlying robust speech perception in noisy situations
often encountered in daily life. In this article, basic aspects of the phonemic restoration effect are
described with audio demonstrations.
Keywords: Speech, Perception, Illusion

Acoustical mapping of the gaps in 'Do you understand what I'm trying to say...' here

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