What happens to the brain when we hear an accent?

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What happens to the brain when it hears an accent?

What happens to the brain when it hears an accent?

Have you ever wondered what happens to the brain when we hear an accent?

Research

This article from the journal, Scientific American, describes current research on how the human brain reacts when it hears a foreign accent.

Research indicates that speaking with an accent that is difficult to understand can reduce your credibility in the eyes and ears of native speakers.

Here’s why that happens

  • People like to hear language that’s easy to understand
  • People prefer messages that are easy to process
  • People don’t want to work hard to understand what others are saying

Scientific American

Here’s the link to the article in the Scientific American. If you think that your strong accent may be reducing your credibility, take a moment to read this short but important article.

Scientific American: the brain doubts an accent.

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About the author

Susan Ryan is the author of the ConfidentVoice blog and an accent reduction coach. Contact her with your questions about clear American speech.