Designing a quality voice: An analysis of listeners' reactions to synthetic voices

Mary Beth Rosson, A. J. Cecala

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Abstract

Eight subjects listened to a set of synthetic voices reflecting a crossing of four voice qualities: head size, pitch, richness and smoothness. The listeners evaluated the voices on sixteen perceptual scales, and judged each voice's appropriateness for twenty voice-output scenarios. Factor analysis of the perceptual ratings recovered two factors, fullness and clarity. A similar analysis of the appropriateness ratings revealed three situational factors, information, entertainment and feedback. Further analyses indicated that the voice qualities associated with the three situational factors were quite different, and suggest ways to optimize voices used for a particular purpose.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1986
EditorsMarilyn Mantei, Peter Orbeton
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages192-197
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)0897911806
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1986
Event1986 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1986 - Boston, United States
Duration: Mar 13 1986Mar 17 1986

Publication series

NameConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings

Other

Other1986 SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 1986
CountryUnited States
CityBoston
Period3/13/863/17/86

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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