ExLing 2010 - Third Workshop on Experimental Linguistics

Athens, Greece
August 25-27, 2010

Pause Ratio Effect in Emotion Ascribing

Eszter Szabó

Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME), Hungary

In this study we investigated how pause length and pause ratio influence listeners in ascribing emotional states to the speaker, if nothing but the length of the pauses changes. We did this by taking emotionally neutral speech samples and manipulating the length of pauses. Our results show that the same speech samples were perceived to be happier, more positive, more heated, and concurrently less sad, less disgusted and less scared when pauses were shorter.

Index Terms. emotion, speech, pause ratio

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Bibliographic reference.  Szabó, Eszter (2010): "Pause ratio effect in emotion ascribing", In ExLing-2010, 173-176.