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A method on a computing device for enhancing the memory and cognitive ability of an older adult by requiring the adult to differentiate between rapidly presented stimuli. The method utilizes a sequence of phonemes from a confusable pair which are systematically manipulated to make discrimination between the phonemes less difficult or more difficult based on the success of the adult, such as processing the consonant and vowel portions of the phonemes by emphasizing the portions, stretching the portions, and/or separating the consonant and vowel portions by time intervals. As the adult improves in auditory processing, the discriminations are made progressively more difficult by reducing the amount of processing to that of normal speech. Introductory phonemes may each include a blend of a formant-synthesized phoneme and an acoustically naturalistic phoneme that substantially replicates the spectro-temporal aspects of a naturally produced phoneme, with the blends progressing from substantially natural-sounding to substantially formant-synthesized.

Title
Method for modulating listener attention toward synthetic formant transition cues in speech stimuli for training
Application Number
11/464590
Publication Number
8210851 (B2)
Application Date
August 15, 2006
Publication Date
July 3, 2012
Inventor
Joseph L Hardy
Richmond
CA, US
Travis W Wade
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
James W Huffman
Assignee
Posit Science Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G09B 17/00
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