Brainwashing in words by means of focusing on the physical movements related to speech, rather than the sound of the words trying to be communicated. They are looking for a way to reproduce the sound of a voice.
Using this information, the team created a computer program that simulates the movement of a vocal tract by honing in the brain's speech centers.
Take a look at an example of this type of speech modeling. You can see the connection between the intended spoken words, and the words those words are formed by the different parts of the vocal tract.
"It's been a long-term goal of our lab to create communication technologies for patients with severe speech disability," Edward Chang, one of the project's co-authors, said in a press briefing.
That's not the only exciting takeaway from the team's research. According to Chang, their model of the mechanical speech process could actually be applied from one person to another.
"The neural code for vocal movements is shared across different individuals, and that is an artificial vocal tract modeled on one person's voice can be used to synthesize the speech from another person's brain activity," Chang explains. "This means that a speech decoder was able to learn how to do it."