[kuh n-troh-luh-buh l-pich]
(of a marine or aircraft propeller) having blades whose pitch can be changed during navigation or flight; variable-pitch.
How Music Helped Gabrielle Giffords Relearn Words
In January 2011, when Gabrielle Giffords was critically wounded by a shooter, it was unclear whether she would fully recuperate or regain her ability to talk. Giffords was injured on the left side of her brain near the section called Broca’s area that controls language. However, recovery specialists have started using a unique therapy to help patients recover their language ability: music. Even though we understand …
Does the smell of bacon affect the meaning of a word?
A new study is so fascinating that we immediately wondered how it would apply to words. You, of course, are our greatest resource for insight. After you read about the experiment, help us think about how word meanings change depending on what else is going on around you. Researchers at the Crossmodal Research Laboratory are investigating how our different senses impact each other, and they …
Origin of controllable-pitch
First recorded in 1935–40
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