Role of prosody on the perception of the “oui”/”yes” feedback in medical context

Maria Camilla Mastriani, Caterina Petrone, Roxane Bertrand, Magalie Ochs


This paper focuses on the “oui”/“yes” feedback produced by a patient in the specific medical environment of breaking bad news. In particular, we aim at determining the role of prosody (intonation and temporal delay with which “oui” is produced) in the perception of this feedback. 15 French listeners listened to short human-human interactions between an acting doctor and his patient. They judged the more or less appropriate nature of the “oui” produced by the patient, based on the way it was orally said. The effects of intonation (neutral/ shaken/questioning), delay (short/long), and listener sex (male/female) on judgment scores (1-5) and on the log of reaction times were measured. The results show a role of intonation and delay in a specific part (“phase”) of the dialogue (Problem Definition) with female and male listeners being sensitive to different aspects of prosody. This has implications for modeling prosody of a virtual patient’s feedbacks in the context of humane-machine interaction.


 DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-104

Cite as: Mastriani, M.C., Petrone, C., Bertrand, R., Ochs, M. (2018) Role of prosody on the perception of the “oui”/”yes” feedback in medical context. Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018, 512-516, DOI: 10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-104.


@inproceedings{Mastriani2018,
  author={Maria Camilla Mastriani and Caterina Petrone and Roxane Bertrand and Magalie Ochs},
  title={Role of prosody on the perception of the “oui”/”yes” feedback in medical context},
  year=2018,
  booktitle={Proc. 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody 2018},
  pages={512--516},
  doi={10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-104},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/SpeechProsody.2018-104}
}