More than adaptation--evidence for training-induced perceptual learning of time-compressed speech

Karen Banai, Yizhar Lavner

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The identification of time-compressed speech improves significantly following short-term exposure, but it is not clear whether additional practice yields additional learning. The goal of the experiment reported here was to determine whether 30-40 minutes of training, during which listeners practiced the identification of 100 different time-compressed sentences, yielded additional learning to that induced by a single brief exposure to 20 sentences. We also asked if this learning generalized to novel sentences and to a new speaker. Training resulted in more learning than a single brief exposure, and this learning generalized to a new speaker but not to new tokens. Brief exposure to 20 sentences did not result in any significant increases to performance when compared to naive listeners. We conclude that a prolonged learning phase exists for time-compressed speech, but that learning during this phase does not fully transfer to new, untrained tokens.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research
Number of pages7
StatePublished - 2013


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