Congratulations to former Obleser postdoc Jens Kreitewolf (now at McGill University) for his new paper in Cognition, “Familiarity and task context shape the use of acoustic information in voice identity perception”!
Together with our colleagues from London, Nadine Lavan and Carolyn McGettigan, we took a new approach to test the longstanding theoretical claim that listeners differ in their use of acoustic information when perceiving identity from familiar and unfamiliar voices. Unlike previous studies that have related single acoustic features to voice identity perception, we linked listeners’ voice-identity judgments to more complex acoustic representations—that is, the spectral similarity of voice recordings (see Figure below).
This new study has a direct link to pop culture (by captilazing on naturally-varying voice recordings taken from the famous TV show Breaking Bad) and challenges traditional proposals that view familiar and unfamiliar voice perception as being distinct at all times.
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