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ERIC Number: EJ936654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1092-4388
Perceptual Adaptation of Voice Gender Discrimination with Spectrally Shifted Vowels
Li, Tianhao; Fu, Qian-Jie
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, v54 n4 p1240-1245 Aug 2011
Purpose: To determine whether perceptual adaptation improves voice gender discrimination of spectrally shifted vowels and, if so, which acoustic cues contribute to the improvement. Method: Voice gender discrimination was measured for 10 normal-hearing subjects, during 5 days of adaptation to spectrally shifted vowels, produced by processing the speech of 5 male and 5 female talkers with 16-channel sine-wave vocoders. The subjects were randomly divided into 2 groups; one subjected to 50-Hz, and the other to 200-Hz, temporal envelope cutoff frequencies. No preview or feedback was provided. Results: There was significant adaptation in voice gender discrimination with the 200-Hz cutoff frequency, but significant improvement was observed only for 3 female talkers with F0 greater than 180 Hz and 3 male talkers with F0 less than 170 Hz. There was no significant adaptation with the 50-Hz cutoff frequency. Conclusions: Temporal envelope cues are important for voice gender discrimination under spectral shift conditions with perceptual adaptation, but spectral shift may limit the exclusive use of spectral information and/or the use of formant structure on voice gender discrimination. The results have implications for cochlear implant users and for understanding voice gender discrimination.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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