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Discriminating speech rhythms in audition, vision, and touch

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dc.contributor.author Navarra, Jordi
dc.contributor.author Soto-Faraco, Salvador, 1970-
dc.contributor.author Spence, Charles
dc.date.accessioned 2015-10-07T07:35:56Z
dc.date.available 2015-10-07T07:35:56Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.citation Navarra J, Soto-Faraco S, Spence C. Discriminating speech rhythms in audition, vision, and touch. Acta Psychol. 2014 Sep;151: 197-205. DOI 10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.05.021
dc.identifier.issn 0001-6918
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/24809
dc.description.abstract We investigated the extent to which people can discriminate between languages on the basis of their characteristic temporal, rhythmic information, and the extent to which this ability generalizes across sensory modalities. We used rhythmical patterns derived from the alternation of vowels and consonants in English and Japanese, presented in audition, vision, both audition and vision at the same time, or touch. Experiment 1 confirmed that discrimination is possible on the basis of auditory rhythmic patterns, and extended it to the case of vision, using ‘aperture-close’ mouth movements of a schematic face. In Experiment 2, language discrimination was demonstrated using visual and auditory materials that did not resemble spoken articulation. In a combined analysis including data from Experiments 1 and 2, a beneficial effect was also found when the auditory rhythmic information was available to participants. Despite the fact that discrimination could be achieved using vision alone, auditory performance was nevertheless better. In a final experiment, we demonstrate that the rhythm of speech can also be discriminated successfully by means of vibrotactile patterns delivered to the fingertip. The results of the present study therefore demonstrate that discrimination between language's syllabic rhythmic patterns is possible on the basis of visual and tactile displays.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by grants PSI2012-39149, PSI2009-12859 and RYC-2008-03672 from Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (MINECO, Spain) to J. Navarra, the European COST action TD0904, and by grants PSI2010-15426 and CDS00012 from MINECO (Spain), 2009SGR-292 from Comissionat per a Universitats i Recerca del DIUE-Generalitat de Catalunya, and European Research Council (StG-2010 263145) to S. Soto-Faraco.
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dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartof Acta Psychologica. 2014 Sep;151: 197-205
dc.rights © Elsevier http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.05.021
dc.title Discriminating speech rhythms in audition, vision, and touch
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2014.05.021
dc.subject.keyword Speech rhythm
dc.subject.keyword Speechreading
dc.subject.keyword Audition
dc.subject.keyword Vision
dc.subject.keyword Touch
dc.subject.keyword Discrimination
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/263145
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/PSI2012-39149
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/PSI2009-12859
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/RYC2008-03672
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PN/PSI2010-15426
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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