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Acoustical Science and Technology
Vol. 27 (2006) No. 6 P 318-321

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http://doi.org/10.1250/ast.27.318

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Under certain conditions, sounds actually missing from a speech signal can be synthesized by the brain and clearly heard. This illusory phenomenon, known as the phonemic restoration effect, reveals the sophisticated capability of the brain underlying robust speech perception in noisy situations often encountered in daily life. In this article, basic aspects of the phonemic restoration effect are described with audio demonstrations.

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