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How to yell like a bat

Friday, 21 October 2011

“Parkinson’s disease negatively affects a person’s ability to talk, which can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the disease,” Smotherman says.

“The ability to talk like he or she used to is an especially troublesome symptom of the disease, and in fact, most people who suffer from it say their inability to communicate with their family members is the hardest part of the disease to cope with.

“By studying how the bat brain controls the sounds of the bat’s voice, it may give us better insight into how the human brain functions as well, which can improve treatment methods to deal with speech difficulties associated with such diseases as Parkinson’s.”