My doctoral work explored rhythmic entrainment in the context of music and speech, and its ability to direct attention, structure interactions, foster positive social judgements and induce attitude change. In particular, I focused on speech rhythm in political oratory, and its role in creating persuasiveness through providing a locus for listener entrainment.
My current research investigates the contribution of cognitive abilities to the perception of speech-in-noise across the lifespan, and the interaction of cognitive, sensory and acoustic factors during speech-in-noise listening. I am also interested in the trait judgements we make from voices (such as attractiveness and trustworthiness), and how these judgements influence the ways we interact with voices and their owners.
I am working on Prof Sven Mattys’ Leverhulme-funded project “Cognitive listening: investigating speech perception in noise within a cognitive framework”.
Professor Sven Mattys