By the Donzerly Light: when our ears play tricks on us (26 Feb 2013) by UCL Sound published on 2013/03/08 12:19:50 +0000 Lunch Hour Lectures - Spring 2013 Prof Andrew Nevins, Professor of Linguistics, UCL Division of Psychology & Language Sciences Almost every song lyric can be misunderstood: famously, Jimi Hendrix’s 'Kiss the Sky' is often heard as 'Kiss This Guy'. Why does this happen? While slips of the tongue are well-known, slips of the ear have received far less attention. Professor Nevins has developed a database of 4000 naturally collected examples where the hearer is the source of miscommunication. Looking into recurrent slips reveals that our expectations can bias what we mishear, but within limits: the actual utterance and the misheard message must be phonetically close enough to allow our ears to deceive us. Listen to more Lunch Hour Lectures from this series: https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/sets/lunch-hour-lectures-spring-2013 UCL is consistently ranked as one of the world's top universities. Across all disciplines our faculties are known for their research-intensive approaches, academic excellence and engagement with global challenges. This is the basis of our world-renowned degree programmes. Visit us at ucl.ac.uk.