Voice Attractiveness: Studies on Sexy, Likable, and Charismatic Speakers
Benjamin Weiss, Jürgen Trouvain, Melissa Barkat-Defradas, John J. Ohala
Springer Nature, Oct 10, 2020 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 330 pages
This book addresses various aspects of acoustic–phonetic analysis, including voice quality and fundamental frequency, and the effects of speech fluency and non-native accents, by examining read speech, public speech, and conversations. Voice is a sexually dimorphic trait that can convey important biological and social information about the speaker, and empirical findings suggest that voice characteristics and preferences play an important role in both intra- and intersexual selection, such as competition and mating, and social evaluation. Discussing evaluation criteria like physical attractiveness, pleasantness, likability, and even persuasiveness and charisma, the book bridges the gap between social and biological views on voice attractiveness. It presents conceptual, methodological and empirical work applying methods such as passive listening tests, psychoacoustic rating experiments, and crowd-sourced and interactive scenarios and highlights the diversity not only of the methods used when studying voice attractiveness, but also of the domains investigated, such as politicians’ speech, experimental speed dating, speech synthesis, vocal pathology, and voice preferences in human interactions as well as in human–computer and human–robot interactions. By doing so, it identifies widespread and complementary approaches and establishes common ground for further research.
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Concepts Methods and Data
2 Prosodic Aspects of the Attractive Voice
3 The Vocal Attractiveness of Charismatic Leaders
A Systematic Review
5 What Does It Mean for a Voice to Sound Normal?
6 The Role of Voice Evaluation in Voice Recall
7 Voice Sexual Selection and Reproductive Success
10 The Contribution of Amplitude Modulations in Speech to Perceived Charisma
11 Dress to Impress? On the Interaction of Attire with Prosody and Gender in the Perception of Speaker Charisma
12 Birds of a Feather Flock Together But Opposites Attract On the Interaction of F0 Entrainment Perceived Attractiveness and Conversational Quality...
13 Acoustic Correlates of Likable Speakers in the NSC Database
14 Ranking and Comparing Speakers Based on Crowdsourced Pairwise Listener Ratings
Optimization and Estimation from Audio Signal
Part VTechnological Applications
8 On Voice Averaging and Attractiveness
Effects of Pitch and Tempo
Implications for Robot Voice Design
17 Exploring Verbal Uncanny Valley Effects with Vague Language in Computer Speech
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