Funny Thoughts

It is a curious fact that the neural systems we use to speak are not the same ones that we use to sing, or recite poetry.

The switching from one system, in which tone of voice is not strictly controlled, to the other, seems to be one of the cues people use to detect when someone is lying.  Why place a medium capable of expressing one’s emotional state under control if you’re not hiding something?

Learning how to ‘sing’ while maintaining an otherwise normal voice is probably one of the skills politicians and other professional liars find it necessary to cultivate.

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3 Responses to “Funny Thoughts”

  1. It is a curious fact that the neural systems we use to speak are not the same ones that we use to sing, or recite poetry.
    I did not know that. Got a cite?

  2. Not as such.

    However, there are so many documented cases of neurological problems that affect speech but not singing or recitation that it is generally accepted.

    See (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Receptive_aphasia)

    Singing and memorization as a whole are loosely associated with the right brain, while verbal aphasias tend to associated with left-hemisphere damage.

  3. I heard about Wernicke’s in a psych class, but just the “word salad” stuff.

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