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Maids, brick makers, children: the faces of slavery in 2016 driving change

Maids, brick makers, children: the faces of slavery in 2016 driving change

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CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Housemaids, brick makers, labourers, textile workers, fleeing migrants and children risking their lives in mica mines. These were the faces of modern day slavery in 2016 when the world saw a renewed resolve to combat all forms of human bondage. An estimated 45.8 million people globally live in some form of slavery, either trafficked into forced labour, sold for sex, trapped in debt bondage or born into servitude, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by rights group Walk Free Foundation. Most of them are workers looking for a livelihood, better jobs, more income. And most of them are cheated, in debt bondage and trafficked to places far from home, campaigners said. But slowly the scourge of modern slavery is driving action; fr...
Researchers analyse how children perceive anger in speech

Researchers analyse how children perceive anger in speech

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In a recent research, experts from acoustics and psychology teamed up to to understand how children process emotion in speech and how it might influence their development. Presented at the Acoustical Society of America and Acoustical Society of Japan joint meeting, the study could help in child development accordingly. The team used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to capture real-time information about the brain activity of children while they listening to samples of their mothers’ voice with different affects — or non-verbal emotional cues. Acoustic analysis of the voice samples was performed in conjunction with the fMRI data to correlate brain activity to quantifiable acoustical characteristics. “We’re using acoustic analysis and fMRI to look at the interacti