Age Doesn't Affect Perception of 'Speech-to-Song' Illusion

Age Doesn't Affect Perception of 'Speech-to-Song' Illusion
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A strange thing sometimes happens when we listen to a spoken phrase again and again: It begins to sound like a song.

This phenomenon, called the “speech-to-song illusion,” can offer a window into how the mind operates and give insight into conditions that affect people’s ability to communicate, like aphasia and aging people’s decreased ability to recall words.

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