23 January 2018

Electrical currents aid in speech comprehension

Scientists from Maastricht University (UM) and the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) have managed to influence speech comprehension by sending electrical currents through the skull to stimulate the brain area involved in hearing. Previously, UM researcher Lars Riecke demonstrated that applying an electrical current to the brain can help experimental subjects hear beeps. This latest study shows that electrical currents can actually influence the processing of human speech in the brain. The results were recently published in the journal Current Biology.