‘What was that?’ How brains convert sounds to actions

You hear a phone ring or a dog bark. Is it yours or someone else’s? You hear footsteps in the night—is it your child, or an intruder? Friend or foe? The decision you make will determine what action you take next. Researchers at the Champalimaud Foundation have shed light on what might be going on in our brains during moments like these, and take us a step closer to unraveling the mystery of how the brain translates perceptions into actions.

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