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How Talking to Yourself Out Loud Can Help Your Brain and Show High Intelligence

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While talking to yourself is often regarded a social no-no, possibly hinting at psychological problems, new research suggests that point of view may be completely wrong. Scientists at Bangor University in the UK found talking to yourself out loud is not only be helpful but may indicate a higher level of intelligence.

The study’s participants were given written instructions and told to either read them out loud or silently. After measuring the concentration and how participants performed on tasks, researchers concluded that people were more concentrated and absorbed what they read better when doing so out loud.

As the study’s co-author and psychologist Dr. Paloma Mari-Beffa…

If You Only Focus on What You Say, You Don’t Really Understand What Communication Is

Communication is the backbone of human civilization. Without it the world would become bizarre. Humans survived for so long because they developed the most important skills that let them overpower other species.1 Since the ancient times to the present times communication played a key role in deciding the fate of humans.

Today also communication is very vital especially looking at the need of communication in corporate culture, workplaces and various industries etc.

An effective communication directly relates to how well you have conveyed or received a message from other person be it via phone, email or social media. Success of every individual directly relates to his/her ability to effectively communicate both verbally and non-verbally. Both verbal and non-verbal communications are an important part of human life because it shapes an individual’s interaction with others in interpersonal relationships, business, finance as well as personal success. Not only this but communication plays a very vital role in an individual’s physical and psychological well-being.

So the first step to enhance positive communication and nurture relationships an individual has to start understanding the various aspects of verbal and non-verbal communication and also the vital role both forms of communication plays in successful interactions with others.2

Verbal communication helps clarification.

Verbal communication is any kind of communication that involves words, signal, spoken or written. Conversation with your friends, colleagues, seniors at college, office or in a meeting, reading newspaper in the morning or watching morning news or texting via mobile are all different kinds of verbal communication. Verbal communications is generally based on a language that varies in different geographic areas.

Verbal communication is required to inform other individuals of our need or to inform or impart knowledge. In verbal communication the most important aspect is clarification. This is because clarification helps in resolving issues where an individual don’t articulate himself clearly or his words…

Give Your Products the Power of Speech Using Amazon Polly

Would you like to get your products more deeply integrated into your customers’ daily lives?

Of course, what business wouldn’t.

An important first step towards making that happen is to give your products the ability to interact with your customers on their own terms. And the easiest way to do that is through natural speech.

The Power of Spoken Language

Human beings have been speaking to each other since the dawn of time. Speech is our most natural form of communication — and one of the reasons why we’ve been so successful as a species.

So let’s dive into what it takes to give your applications and devices the ability to speak in a manner that’s natural and comfortable to your customers.

Recent advancements in artificial intelligence have made this super easy, so it’ll be quick.

Got 5 Minutes?

This short guide will walk you through converting written text into a spoken audio file using the Amazon Polly text-to-speech service.

Note: Amazon Polly only provides a one-way speech capability — converting written text into spoken audio (text-to-speech). If you want to be able to understand spoken audio as well, you’ll additionally need a speech-to-text service, like Amazon Lex.

An easy on ramp for A.I.

This is a how-to guide intended for developers or tech-savvy business leaders looking for a proven entry point into A.I.-powered business systems.

The scripts we’ll be using are simple and easy to read — Amazon’s SDK has already done most of the heavy lifting for you.

So let’s get right to it…

What You’ll Need

Right off the bat, let’s get the initial requirements knocked out.

Download the source repository.

To start, let’s pull down the source files. (You’ll need a git client installed on your computer for this step.)

And for a change of pace, we’re going to use PHP for these scripts. You’ll need a command line interpreter for PHP installed and Composer.

Note: If you prefer a different programming language, AWS provides SDKs for nearly every major language — and the scripts are very easy to port over.

Move to the directory you want to use for this demo and run the following commands in a terminal…

# Download source repository & install dependencies git clone https://github.com/10xNation/amazon-polly-demo-php.git cd amazon-polly-demo-php composer install 

Feel free to leave the terminal window open — you’ll need it soon.

Create an AWS account.

If you don’t already have an AWS account, go ahead and set one up.

Verify user permissions.

And if you aren’t using an administrator-level user account for AWS, you’ll need to make sure your account has full control over the Polly service.

Enter your credentials.

You’ll need to enter your API credentials into the script files. And you can do that by opening speak_text.php and speak_ssml.php and editing the following section in both files…

 'credentials' => [ // Change these to your respective AWS credentials  'key' => 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',  'secret' => 'XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX',  ] 

Language heard, but never spoken, by young babies bestows a hidden benefit

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Babies who heard Korean spoken in their first six months of life were better able to pick up the language later as adults, a study finds. The results show how early language exposure patterns the brain in ways that may not be revealed for decades, if ever.

The way babies learn to speak is nothing short of breathtaking. Their brains are learning the differences between sounds, rehearsing mouth movements and mastering vocabulary by putting words into meaningful context. It’s a lot to fit in between naps and diaper changes.

A recent study shows just how durable this early language learning is. Dutch-speaking adults who were adopted from South Korea as preverbal babies held on to latent Korean language skills, researchers report online January 18 in Royal Society Open Science. In the first months of their lives, these people had already laid down the foundation for speaking Korean — a foundation that persisted for decades undetected, only revealing itself later in careful laboratory tests.

Researchers tested how well people could learn to identify and speak tricky Korean sounds. “For Korean listeners, these sounds are easy to distinguish, but for second-language…