The Effect of Noise on Emotion Perception in an Unknown Language

Odette Scharenborg, Sofoklis Kakouros, Jiska Koemans

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This is the first study investigating the influence of “realistic” noise on verbal emotion perception in an unknown language. We do so by linking emotion perception to acoustic characteristics known to be correlated with emotion perception and investigating the effect of noise on the perception of these acoustic characteristics. Dutch students listened to Italian sentences in five emotions and were asked to indicate the emotion that was conveyed in the sentence. Sentences were presented in a clean and two babble noise conditions. Results showed that the participants were able to recognise emotions in the unknown language, and continued to perform above chance even in fairly bad listening conditions, indicating that verbal emotion may contain universal characteristics. Noise had a similar detrimental effect on the perception of the different emotions, though the impact on the use of the acoustic parameters for different emotion categories was different.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference on Speech Prosody
Subtitle of host publication13-16 June 2018, Poznań, Poland
PublisherInternational Speech Communication Association
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference on Speech Prosody - Poznań, Poland
Duration: 13 Jun 201816 Jun 2018
Conference number: 9

Publication series

NameInternational Conference on Speech Prosody
ISSN (Electronic)2333-2042


ConferenceInternational Conference on Speech Prosody


  • sentence accent
  • phoneme detection
  • native listening
  • non-native listening
  • noise
  • acoustic features

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