Stream segregation of concurrent speech and the verbal transformation effect:influence of fundamental frequency and lateralization cues


Repeating a recorded word produces verbal transformations (VTs); perceptual regrouping of acoustic-phonetic segments may contribute to this effect. The influence of fundamental frequency (F0) and lateralization grouping cues was explored by presenting two concurrent sequences of the same word resynthesized on different F0s (100 and 178 Hz). In experiment 1, listeners monitored both sequences simultaneously, reporting for each any change in stimulus identity. Three lateralization conditions were used – diotic, ±680-μs interaural time difference, and dichotic. Results were similar for the first two conditions, but fewer forms and later initial transformations were reported in the dichotic condition. This suggests that large lateralization differences per se have little effect – rather, there are more possibilities for regrouping when each ear receives both sequences. In the dichotic condition, VTs reported for one sequence were also more independent of those reported for the other. Experiment 2 used diotic stimuli and explored the effect of the number of sequences presented and monitored. The most forms and earliest transformations were reported when two sequences were presented but only one was monitored, indicating that high task demands decreased reporting of VTs for concurrent sequences. Overall, these findings support the idea that perceptual regrouping contributes to the VT effect.

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Divisions: College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Psychology
College of Health & Life Sciences > Clinical and Systems Neuroscience
College of Health & Life Sciences
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Vision, Hearing and Language
College of Health & Life Sciences > School of Optometry > Centre for Vision and Hearing Research
Additional Information: © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V. This is an open access article under the CC BY license ( This research was supported by Research Grant EP/F016484/1 from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Uncontrolled Keywords: auditory grouping,concurrent speech segregation,fundamental frequency,interaural time difference,verbal transformation effect,within-ear interaction,Sensory Systems
Publication ISSN: 1878-5891
Last Modified: 08 Jul 2024 07:32
Date Deposited: 18 Aug 2017 08:00
Full Text Link: https://www.sci ... 378595517302101
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PURE Output Type: Article
Published Date: 2017-10-01
Published Online Date: 2017-08-02
Accepted Date: 2017-07-31
Submitted Date: 2017-05-04
Authors: Stachurski, Marcin
Summers, Robert J. (ORCID Profile 0000-0003-4857-7354)
Roberts, Brian (ORCID Profile 0000-0002-4232-9459)



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