Speech perception as a talker-contingent process

Lynne C. Nygaard, Mitchell S. Sommers, David B. Pisoni

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To determine how familiarity with a talker's voice affects perception of spoken words, we trained two groups of subjects to recognize a set of voices over a 9-day period One group then identified novel words produced by the same set of talkers at four signal-to-noise ratios Control subjects identified the same words produced by a different set of talkers The results showed that the ability to identify a talker's voice improved intelligibility of novel words produced by that talker The results suggest that speech perception may involve talker-contingent processes whereby perceptual learning of aspects of the vocal source facilitates the subsequent phonetic analysis of the acoustic signal.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)42-46
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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