Journal article

Asymmetries for the visual expression and perception of speech

MER Nicholls, DA Searle

BRAIN AND LANGUAGE | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2006

Abstract

This study explored asymmetries for movement, expression and perception of visual speech. Sixteen dextral models were videoed as they articulated: 'bat,' 'cat,' 'fat,' and 'sat.' Measurements revealed that the right side of the mouth was opened wider and for a longer period than the left. The asymmetry was accentuated at the beginning and ends of the vocalization and was attenuated for words where the lips did not articulate the first consonant. To measure asymmetries in expressivity, 20 dextral observers watched silent videos and reported what was said. The model's mouth was covered so that the left, right or both sides were visible. Fewer errors were made when the right mouth was visible c..

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