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Vocal Fry
Haskins Scientist Christian DiCanio discusses “vocal fry” with Business Insider.

Many linguistic studies intending to compare opinions on a type of speech will alter human voices electronically, Christian DiCanio, a researcher at Haskin Laboratories at Yale University, told Business Insider.
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Philip Rubin
UVF
New Haven lab trying ultrasound therapy to treat speech disorders

A New Haven, Connecticut based company is trialing the use of ultra-sound to see if it can improve and speed up a patient’s ability to see as well as hear their speech during therapy sessions.

Haskins Laboratories, a speech and language organization, is the only laboratory in New England carrying out this clinical research and just one of ten organizations across the U.S. looking at ultra-sound.
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child reading
Levels of key brain chemicals predict children’s reading ability
New Haven, Conn. – Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Ken Pugh
The Science of Speech

Haskins President and Director of Research Kenneth Pugh says researchers there have done extensive work on reading and writing development with a significant focus on dyslexia. He is often cited as an early user of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which can visually represent the brain activity that takes place during different cognitive tasks.
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Ken Stevens
RLE Remembers Professor Ken Stevens
He made many significant contributions to speech research, with some of the most highly cited articles in the field. His book, Acoustic Phonetics, is a touchstone for the analysis of the speech signal. He was very active in the Acoustical Society of America -- serving as President, and receiving the Silver Medal in Speech, and Gold Medal -- and heading the Speech Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, supervising numerous graduate and post-doctoral students. At Haskins Laboratories, we were fortunate to have him serve on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005.
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David Ostrys
Researchers Unlock the "Sound of Learning" by Linking Sensory and Motor Systems

Learning to talk also changes the way speech sounds are heard, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research laboratory. The findings could have a major impact on improving speech disorders.
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Late Talkers
Late talkers do fine as they grow up: study

In good news to parents of late talkers, an Australian study shows a slow start on language is unlikely to have lingering effects on kids’ mental health. Researchers followed late talkers into their teens and found the kids were no more likely to be shy, depressed or aggressive than their peers as they grew up.
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