Information for Young Explorers
An Incredible Journey
About thirty years ago, there was a neat movie called Fantastic
Voyage. In it, a group of scientists shrunk themselves (and their
submarine) into teensy proportions and traveled through a human's body to save
his life. Well, we thought that idea was just too cool to ignore. So, take
your own incredible journey inside the body's vocal system.
The investigators at the National Center for Voice and Speech conduct
experiments to learn more about how people talk and sing. But you won't
need to be a PhD to try some of the fascinating science explorations
we'll present here. [Hint: Some of the ideas would make great school
- Beastly Babble A set of
explanations, quizzes and exercises to jumpstart your thinking:
how do animals communicate differently than humans? do members
of the same species always understand one another? is animal chatter
understandable between different species?
- How We See How We Sound We
know that voice is really just air formed into sound waves that
our ears can hear. So, how do scientists and doctors study the
voice? Finding out if a person has a broken voice can't be as easy
as finding out if someone has a broken leg. Or, is it?
What's Your Vocal IQ?
How much do you know about
how your voice works? Sure, there's stuff about speaking and
singing, but we didn't forget the fascination about hiccupping, whispering,
burping or giving somebody the raspberry either. Immediate scoring lets
us know how much vocal homework you may need to do....