AI identifies social bias trends in Bollywood, Hollywood movies

PITTSBURGH–Babies whose births were depicted in Bollywood films from the 1950s and 60s were more often than not boys; in today’s films, boy and girl newborns are about evenly split. In the 50s and 60s, dowries were socially acceptable; today, … Read more

From melody to language | EurekAlert! Science News

Within the first few months of their lives, infants cry, babble, gurgle and make a wide range of different peculiar sounds. It may be tough to think about that they’re truly laying the foundations for later speech with these utterances. … Read more

Changes in writing style provide clues to group identity

Small changes to people’s writing style can reveal which social group they “belong to” at a given moment, new research shows. Groups are central to human identity, and most people are part of multiple groups based on shared interests or … Read more

A computational approach to understanding how infants perceive language

Languages differ within the sounds they use. The Japanese language, for instance, doesn’t distinguish between “r” and “l” sounds as in “rock” versus “lock.” Remarkably, infants turn out to be attuned to the sounds of their native language earlier than … Read more