ERIC Number: ED066080
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Mental Aptitude and Comprehension of Time-Compressed and Compressed-Expanded Listening Selections.
Sticht, Thomas G.
The comprehensibility of materials compressed and then expanded by means of an electromechanical process was tested with 280 Army inductees divided into groups of high and low mental aptitude. Three short listening selections relating to military activities were subjected to compression and compression-expansion to produce seven versions. Data indicate that expanding previously compressed materials to restore the word rate to normal may restore the comprehension of the material to very near normal when the compression/expansion is limited to 40%. Present results substantiate findings that factors limiting the comprehensibility of rapid speech reside more with the inability of the listener to process rapid rates of speech than with the signal distortion produced by the equipment or compression process. (Author)
Descriptors: Allied Health Personnel, Articulation (Speech), Audiology, Audiometric Tests, Comprehension, Electromechanical Technology, Experiments, Information Processing, Language Research, Listening Comprehension, Machine Translation, Phonemes, Phonology, Psycholinguistics, Speech, Speech Compression
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of the Chief of Research and Development (Army), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Human Resources Research Organization, Alexandria, VA.
Note: Reprint from Journal of Auditory Research; v10 p103-109 1970