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ERIC Number: EJ845723
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
Speech Perception Engages a General Timer: Evidence from a Divided Attention Word Identification Task
Casini, Laurence; Burle, Boris; Nguyen, Noel
Cognition, v112 n2 p318-322 Aug 2009
Time is essential to speech. The duration of speech segments plays a critical role in the perceptual identification of these segments, and therefore in that of spoken words. Here, using a French word identification task, we show that vowels are perceived as shorter when attention is divided between two tasks, as compared to a single task control condition. This temporal underestimation pattern is consistent with attentional models of timing and hence demonstrates that vowel duration is explicitly estimated using a central general-purpose timer. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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