HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
New finding has implications for scientists designing mobile audio interfaces

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon researchers have discovered that when people converse with text-to-speech (TTS) computer systems, they substantially change their speech to sound like the computer -- what's known as speech convergence. In addition, people will readapt their voice to each new text-to-speech voice they hear. The findings are important for scientists who are designing new mobile audio interfaces, according to Sharon Oviatt, Ph.D., an experimental psychologist who led the study at Oregon Health & Science University's OGI School of Science & Engineering.

"Human speech is always a variable," said Oviatt, who co-directs the Center for Human-Computer Communication in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at OGI. "We discovered that people subconsciously tailor their voice to the computer's voice. So, for example, if the computer voice is talking more quietly, the person interacting with the computer will talk more quietly. This is a major new source of variability in users' spoken language to computers, which is opening up new scientific directions for mobile audio interface design."

As part of her study, funded by the National Science Foundation, Oviatt and her graduate students asked students aged 7 to 10 to use a special handheld computer to talk with a variety of digital marine animals as they learned marine biology. Students in the "I SEE!" Program (Immersive Science Education for Elementary Kids) used the handheld computer to speak directly to or write with a pen onto a screen questions for animated software characters. The marine animals answered each question using text-to-speech output, along with animated movement.

Four different TTS voices were used to determine whether the children accommodated their own voices (amplitude, duration, pitch, etc.) to more closely match the TTS output from the computer characters, or what is called speech convergence. Speech convergence is known to occur in human-human communication, bu
'"/>

Contact: Sydney Clevenger
clevenge@ohsu.edu
503-748-1546
Oregon Health & Science University
25-Jun-2003


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. International study findings link acne-like rash to effectiveness of new targeted cancer treatment
2. Virginia Tech researchers to release findings on Smith River Project
3. New HIV findings
4. Stanford researchers findings may shed light on common, deadly birth defect
5. Briggs takes to the molecular level Darwins findings on plants sensing the direction of light
6. Brain serotonin enzyme finding might explain psychiatric disorders
7. Why does cloning create abnormalities? Scientists take a step towards finding out
8. TIGR president discusses significance of finding anthrax toxin
9. Latest findings on PCBs to be subject of June workshop at Illinois
10. Chlamydia in men now also linked to infertility new findings
11. Purdue scientists finding ways to outsmart crop-damaging bugs

Post Your Comments:
(Date:8/18/2015)... , Aug. 18, 2015  Navitas today ... contributor to the Submission Content Management webinar ... a non-profit forum. Dedicated to the Implementation of ... neutral platform for industry, vendors, health authorities, ... and work towards a standard method of ...
(Date:8/12/2015)... CORAL SPRINGS, Florida , August 12, 2015 /PRNewswire/ ... globally, the pace of mobile payment innovation and advanced ... continues to replace the way consumers rely on using ... forges ahead with reinventing the future for payment services ... Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD ), :  Google, Inc. (NASDAQ: ...
(Date:8/10/2015)... , August 10, 2015 ... Eye Tracking Technology for more than two decades, announces ... for integration into all consumer display formats. The SMI ... integration of eye tracking into consumer tablets, laptops, desktop ... smart glasses. Omnivision,s leading sensor technology contributes to the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 2Navitas, a Key Contributor in IRISS Forum Webinar 3Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 2Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 3Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 4Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 5Digital Wallet Devices & Mobile Payment Management Services Gain a Distinct Advantage in the Digital Payment Evolution as Demand Continues to Grow 6SMI Completes OEM Eye Tracking Platform to Cover All Consumer Displays 2SMI Completes OEM Eye Tracking Platform to Cover All Consumer Displays 3
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... The Global ... chain risk management and resiliency practitioners with luminaries and thought leaders to advance ... be recognized for their innovations and performance excellence. At that time its principle ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... ... August 31, 2015 , ... In recent years, biodegradable ... as low carbon footprints and compostability. These properties can help in limiting the ... the basis of applications, the market for biodegradable plastics can be broadly segmented ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... Aug. 31, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... "Argentina Biomedical Sensors Market - Growth, Trends & Forecasts ... The Argentina Biomedical Sensors market is estimated at $0.17 ... the period 2014-2020 The near future will ... formulation of each individual. These sensors can be set ...
(Date:8/31/2015)... 2015 Research and Markets ( http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/53wxp3/israel_biomedical ) ... Sensors Market - Growth, Trends & Forecasts (2014-2020)" ... Biomedical Sensors market is estimated at $0.19 billion by ... 2014-2020 The near future will bring biomedical ... each individual. These sensors can be set to trigger ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council Announces Incorporation and Web Site Launch 2Global Supply Chain Resiliency Council Announces Incorporation and Web Site Launch 3Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 2Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 3Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 4Biodegradable Plastics Market Growing at 10.8% CAGR to 2020 5Argentina Biomedical Sensors Market Report 2015 - Growth, Trends & Forecasts 2014-2020 2Israel Biomedical Sensors Market 2015 - Growth, Trends & Forecasts to 2020 2
Cached News: