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Synthetic versus human voices in audiobooks: the human emotional intimacy effect

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dc.contributor.author Rodero Antón, Emma
dc.contributor.author Lucas, Ignacio
dc.date.accessioned 2022-06-02T05:55:47Z
dc.date.available 2022-06-02T05:55:47Z
dc.date.issued 2021
dc.identifier.citation Rodero E, Lucas I. Synthetic versus human voices in audiobooks: the human emotional intimacy effect. New Media Soc. 2023;25(7):1746-64. DOI: 10.1177/14614448211024142
dc.identifier.issn 1461-4448
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/53353
dc.description.abstract Human voices narrate most audiobooks, but the fast development of speech synthesis technology has enabled the possibility of using artificial voices. This raises the question of whether the listeners’ cognitive processing is the same when listening to a synthetic or a human voice telling a story. This research aims to compare the listeners’ perception, creation of mental images, narrative engagement, physiological response, and recognition of information when listening to stories conveyed by human and synthetic voices. The results showed that listeners enjoyed stories narrated by a human voice more than a synthetic one. Also, they created more mental images, were more engaged, paid more attention, had a more positive emotional response, and remembered more information. Speech synthesis has experienced considerable progress. However, there are still significant differences versus human voices, so that using them to narrate long stories, such as audiobooks do, is difficult.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof New media & society. 2023;25(7):1746-64.
dc.rights Rodero E, Lucas I. Synthetic versus human voices in audiobooks: the human emotional intimacy effect. New Media Soc. 2021. 31 p. Copyright © 2021 SAGE. DOI: 10.1177/14614448211024142
dc.title Synthetic versus human voices in audiobooks: the human emotional intimacy effect
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://doi.org/10.1177/14614448211024142
dc.subject.keyword Audiobooks
dc.subject.keyword cognitive processing
dc.subject.keyword human voice
dc.subject.keyword perception
dc.subject.keyword physiological response
dc.subject.keyword synthetic voice
dc.subject.keyword talking books
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/acceptedVersion

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