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Speech Perception

For this demonstration, you will listen to a recording of someone reading a passage. As you listen, watch the frequency meter. You should have little difficulty understanding what the speaker is saying, but you will notice that the sound meter shows no real stops between words. Nevertheless, you are able to detect the breaks between words because of the context of the words and because our experience makes us experts at understanding what people are saying, even if we don't really think about it.

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