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Voice Modulation

Faking It: The production, perception, and function of social voice modulation

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Project "Voice Modulation" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 183˙454 €
 EC max contribution 183˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-02-01   to  2018-01-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX UK (BRIGHTON) coordinator 183˙454.00


 Project objective

The human voice is a social tool. Non-linguistic voice cues can influence judgements of attractiveness, formidability, trustworthiness, intelligence, and general likeability, with meaningfully differential social outcomes depending on whether ones voice is credited, unduly or not, with positive or negative attributes. Yet, despite its apparent societal implications and the known capacity for vocal control, studies of human voice perception have focused on static rather than dynamic speech. The proposed project will explore the vastly understudied niche of human voice modulation. The Research Objectives of the project are to: (1) Provide the first experimental evidence of voice modulation in four novel social contexts (political debate, commercial ad, public lecture, and first date); (2) Describe the structure and production mechanisms of modulated speech using new technology developed through a secondment; (3) Identify individual and environmental factors that affect the use and nature of modulated speech; (4) Test the extent to which voice modulation effectively influences social attributions and decisions. The project will be the first to examine voice modulation across cultures, addressing a serious need for comparative research in psychology, and facilitating international collaboration. The research objectives will be achieved through a unique combination of lab and field voice recordings, spectrotemporal speech analysis, questionnaire data, cross-cultural and cross-linguistic playback experiments, and sophisticated statistical modelling. This original line of research will provide ample insight into how the voice affects human behaviour, ultimately helping to uncover the functions and origins of nonverbal communication, but also educating lay and scientific communities about social stereotyping and its socioeconomic impact. Importantly, the Fellowship will put me in an excellent position to secure a research station in one of the top European universities.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2016 Katarzyna Pisanski, Emanuel C. Mora, Annette Pisanski, David Reby, Piotr Sorokowski, Tomasz Frackowiak, David R. Feinberg
Volitional exaggeration of body size through fundamental and formant frequency modulation in humans
published pages: 1-8, ISSN: 2045-2322, DOI: 10.1038/srep34389
Scientific Reports 6/1 2019-06-13
2018 Giles Hamilton-Fletcher, Katarzyna Pisanski, David Reby, Michał Stefańczyk, Jamie Ward, Agnieszka Sorokowska
The role of visual experience in the emergence of cross-modal correspondences
published pages: 114-121, ISSN: 0010-0277, DOI: 10.1016/j.cognition.2018.02.023
Cognition 175 2019-06-13
2016 Michal Kandrik, Amanda C. Hahn, Joanna Wincenciak, Claire I. Fisher, Katarzyna Pisanski, David R. Feinberg, Lisa M. DeBruine, Benedict C. Jones
Are Men’s Perceptions of Sexually Dimorphic Vocal Characteristics Related to Their Testosterone Levels?
published pages: e0166855, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0166855
PLOS ONE 11/11 2019-06-13
2018 Katarzyna Pisanski, Greg Bryant
The Evolution of Voice Perception
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The Oxford Handbook of Voice Studies 2019-06-13
2018 Katarzyna Pisanski, David Feinberg
Voice Attractiveness
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Oxford Handbook of Voice Perception 2019-06-13
2016 Katarzyna Pisanski, Valentina Cartei, Carolyn McGettigan, Jordan Raine & David Reby
Voice modulation: A window into the origins of human vocal control?
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Atlas of Science 2019-06-13
2016 Katarzyna Pisanski, Valentina Cartei, Carolyn McGettigan, Jordan Raine, David Reby
Voice Modulation: A Window into the Origins of Human Vocal Control?
published pages: 304-318, ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2016.01.002
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 20/4 2019-06-13
2016 Meddy Fouquet, Katarzyna Pisanski, Nicolas Mathevon, David Reby
Seven and up: individual differences in male voice fundamental frequency emerge before puberty and remain stable throughout adulthood
published pages: 160395, ISSN: 2054-5703, DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160395
Royal Society Open Science 3/10 2019-06-13
2017 Katarzyna Pisanski, Sari G. E. Isenstein, Kelyn J. Montano, Jillian J. M. O’Connor, David R. Feinberg
Low is large: spatial location and pitch interact in voice-based body size estimation
published pages: 1239-1251, ISSN: 1943-3921, DOI: 10.3758/s13414-016-1273-6
Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics 79/4 2019-06-13
2017 Christopher D. Watkins, Katarzyna Pisanski
Vocal indicators of Dominance
published pages: 1-6, ISSN: , DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1412-1
Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science 2019-06-13
2017 Jordan Raine, Katarzyna Pisanski, David Reby
Tennis grunts communicate acoustic cues to sex and contest outcome
published pages: 47-55, ISSN: 0003-3472, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.06.022
Animal Behaviour 130 2019-06-13

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