The effect of an emotional carrier phrase on word recognition

Dario Coletta, Kate Dupuis, M. Kathleen Pichora-Fuller

Abstract


The ability to understand emotion in speech is crucial for successful communication. Emotion has yet to be examined in the context of speech intelligibility. Emotion could potentially exert an influence on intelligibility through a form of cognitive processing, such as an attentional mechanism and/or by modifying acoustical cues produced when a target word is spoken. Twenty-eight participants were tested in each of the two experiments. All participants were University of Toronto undergraduates in good health who had clinically normal hearing thresholds in the speech range. The stimuli were equated for RMS and presented in the multi-talker babble background from the Speech Perception in Noise Test. The stimuli used were identical to those used in the previous experiment. However, Praat software was used to move the neutral target word from the end of the sentence to the beginning of the sentence.

Keywords


Audition; Experiments; Speech intelligibility; Attentional mechanism; Cognitive processing; Multi-talker babble; Neutral targets; Noise test; Normal hearing; Speech perception; University of Toronto; Word recognition

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