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Prosody and Pitch

Much of the research in our lab centers around prosody, the interpretation of intent based on vocal modulation through changes in perceived pitch, voice intensity, voice quality and speech rate. Prosody is an invaluable tool to attribute emotions to other’s voices. In our evolutionary past, perceiving prosody allowed our ancestors to determine friend or foe, securing […]

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Prosody Task

Prosody is an important part of social communication in which we use vocal cues to determine the emotion in a speaker’s voice. This task, adapted from Juslin and Laukka (2001) uses semantically neutral sentences spoken with either anger, happiness, fear, sadness, or ne expression. Subjects are asked to indicate which emotion the speaker was conveying […]

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Weintraub Sentence Discrimination

This task is not currently in use. Developed from Weintraub, Masulam, and Kramer (1981), it was designed to measure prosody perception. Subjects listen to a pair of sentences are asked to decide whether or not the sentences were spoken in the same or different manner. Sentences were semantically neural (e.g. “Jack climbed the mountain.”) Seventeen […]

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This task is not currently in use. It was developed by Orbelo et al. (2005) as an attitudinal subtest of the Aprosodia Battery. It consists of 20 sentences recorder by both male and female speakers in either a sincere or sarcastic manner. Sentences were semantically neural (e.g. “This looks like a safe boat.”) Subjects were […]

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