Perception Study on Voice Familiarity

We are looking for pairs of volunteers (couples, friends, roommates) to participate in a speech perception study. This study is being conducted by the Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication and Hearing Lab led by Dr. Ingrid S. Johnsrude at the University of Western Ontario. Briefly, the study will examine the effect of familiar voices on speech perception. If you agree to participate, both individuals in a pair will be asked to listen to speech sounds (e.g., short syllables /da/ or spoken sentences). We might also asked participant pairs to perform a task while listening to speech sounds. For example, participant pairs may be tested on their ability to pay attention or remember speech sounds, or they may be asked to rate or report what sounds they heard. Prior to completing a task, we may also record participants while they read sentences out loud. During the experiment we may also measure participant’s brain activity using EEG (passive, non-invasive recording using electrodes placed on the head surface). General cognitive and hearing abilities may additionally be assessed. 

If you volunteer, you will receive compensation for your time and learn about our research. The study will be conducted in the Brain and Mind Institute in the Western Interdisciplinary Research Building on the University of Western Ontario campus.

To be eligible, both individuals in a pair must meet the following criteria:

  • Age: between 18-35 years
  • Have known each other for at least 1 year
  • Speak to each other at least 3 times a week
  • Speak North American English fluently without a foreign accent or speech impediment
  • No history of hearing difficulty or neurological problems

If you meet our criteria and wish to participate, please contact us!

Vanessa at: (Subject line: Voice Familiarity Study)