Voice quality perceptions by synaesthetes, phoneticians and controls

Moos, A., Simmons, D. and Smith, R. (2011) Voice quality perceptions by synaesthetes, phoneticians and controls. In: 17th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS XVII), Hong Kong, 17-21 Aug 2011, pp. 1426-1429.

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Voice-induced synaesthesia is an under-researched neurological condition which leads to multisensory perceptions while hearing someone’s voice. This paper is the first attempt to analyse acoustically which aspects of voice qualities (VQs) trigger consistent colour perceptions and associations in synaesthetes, phoneticians and control participants. An online experiment revealed that f0 influenced brightness and colour associations with the voice for all groups and showed some idiosyncratic patterns for synaesthetes and others for phoneticians. Synaesthetes, for example, were less influenced by f0 in their colour associations than others and phoneticians used scales for high-low and tense-relaxed according to the perceived f0 and VQ more systematically than others. A steeper spectral tilt triggered smoother, softer and more relaxed associations with the voice. A short ABX voice comparison task illustrated that overall voice recognition was similar amongst groups but synaesthetes outperformed controls in recognising a speaker in whisper.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Smith, Dr Rachel and Simmons, Dr David
Authors: Moos, A., Simmons, D., and Smith, R.
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
College of Science and Engineering > School of Psychology

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