Sample utterances from 4 speakers used in the Paper "Behavioural mediation of prosodic cues to implicit judgements of trustworthiness" presented at the Speech Prosody 2016 conference in Boston.
This webpage holds additional information for the Paper "Behavioural mediation of prosodic cues to implicit judgements of trustworthiness" presented at the Speech Prosody 2016 conference in Boston as Poster p5.23a.
Abstract: Prosodic information is known to play a role in personality attributions, such as judgements of trustworthiness. Research so far has focused on assessing the determinants of such attributions in static contexts, very often in the form of questionnaires, and not much is known about their dynamics, in particular, how direct experience of behaviour over time influences the interpretation of vocal characteristics. We used the investment game, an innovative methodology adapted from game theory studies, to assess how trust attributions – to virtual players acting more or less cooperatively – are affected by the prosodic characteristics of speakers of a range of British English accents. Regression analysis shows that speaker accent, mean pitch, and articulation rate all influence participants’ investment decisions, our implicit measure of trust. Furthermore, participants’ interpretations of these prosodic characteristics interact with how the virtual players behave over time. Our findings are discussed with reference to "Size/Frequency Code" and "Effort Code" accounts of prosodic universals.
This research is part of a bigger project called Creating a voice for engagement and trust which itself is part of CogNovo, the Innovative Doctoral Programme, funded by the EU Marie Curie initiative and the University of Plymouth, to foster research training in the emerging field of Cognitive Innovation. CogNovo offers transdisciplinary training that combines scientific studies of the neural correlates and mechanisms of creativity, with investigations into the role of creativity in human cognition, and their application in sustainable technological and social innovation.