Perceptual scaling of voice identity: Common dimensions for different vowels and speakers

Baumann, Oliver and Belin, Pascal (2010) Perceptual scaling of voice identity: Common dimensions for different vowels and speakers. Psychological Research, 74 1: 110-120. doi:10.1007/s00426-008-0185-z

Author Baumann, Oliver
Belin, Pascal
Title Perceptual scaling of voice identity: Common dimensions for different vowels and speakers
Journal name Psychological Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0340-0727
Publication date 2010-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s00426-008-0185-z
Volume 74
Issue 1
Start page 110
End page 120
Total pages 11
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Abstract The aims of our study were: (1) to determine if the acoustical parameters used by normal subjects to discriminate between different speakers vary when comparisons are made between pairs of two of the same or different vowels, and if they are different for male and female voices; (2) to ask whether individual voices can reasonably be represented as points in a low-dimensional perceptual space such that similarly sounding voices are located close to one another. Subjects were presented with pairs of voices from 16 male and 16 female speakers uttering the three French vowels “a”, “i” and “u” and asked to give speaker similarity judgments. Multidimensional analyses of the similarity matrices were performed separately for male and female voices and for three types of comparisons: same vowels, different vowels and overall average. The resulting dimensions were then interpreted a posteriori in terms of relevant acoustical measures. For both male and female voices, a two-dimensional perceptual space was found to be most appropriate, with axes largely corresponding to contributions of the larynx (pitch) and supra-laryngeal vocal tract (formants), mirroring the two largely independent components of source and filter in voice production. These perceptual spaces of male and female voices and their corresponding voice samples are available at: section Resources. © Springer-Verlag 2008.
Keyword Adult
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 26 November 2008

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