Curiosity Daily Podcast: Speech-to-Song Illusion and a High-Tech Use for Tree Rings

Learn about the links between language and music via the speech-to-song illusion and what we can learn from tree rings.

July 22, 2021

Episode Show Notes:

The speech-to-song illusion demonstrates the tight links between language and music by Steffie Drucker

Additional resources from Sturt Manning, a Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Classical Archaeology at Cornell University:

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