Rock/Guitar/Tongue (study)

Playing a rock guitar solo with one’s tongue may be an impressive feat, but how are such solos actually rated by musicians (and non-musicians)? Dr. Marco Lehmann, Dipl.-Psych., M.Sc. of the Fakultät für Erziehungswissenschaft, Psychologie und Bewegungswissenschaft der Universität Hamburg, along with Prof. Dr. Reinhard Kopiez, Professor für Musikpsychologie an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater […]

Tongue ID

[sometimes it seems as though] As soon a new biometric security technology is developed, someone will find a way to bypass it. (see, for example, Progress in Fake-Finger Thwarting Improbable Research, April 16th, 2010). Steps towards implementing so-called ‘liveness detection’ mechanisms, which detect inert fakes, have helped. But in an ideal world, biometricians would like […]

Lingual incompressibility

One of the underlying techniques in the production of vowel sounds – such as present in “oooh” “aaaaah” “eeeeh”  etc –  is to raise the tongue root. But how is this actually accomplished in practice? Answers were provided courtesy of the linguistics department of the City University of New York, in 1977 – at the […]