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"Bias in Auditory Perception" Conference

This is a multidisciplinary conference which aims to bring together researchers from different fields of research who share a common interest in biased auditory perception. The program consists of renowned keynote speakers who approach biased perception from different perspectives, a round- the- table discussion, and nineteen selected talks.

2014.03.10 | Marjoleine Sloos

Date Thu 18 Sep Sat 20 Sep
Time 08:30    17:00
Location Aarhus University (DK), building 1441 - room 012 (auditorium 1)
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“Bias in Auditory Perception” Conference

Human perception is biased by previous experiences, beliefs, knowledge, and presuppositions. Research on perceptional bias is approached from different angles, e.g. cross-modal perception, the influence of social categorization, the role of stereotypes, (socio-) linguistic context, the influence of emotions, or the contribution of different sorts of information. Much experimental investigation has been carried out in order to get more insight into biased perception. However, relatively few of these studies concentrate on auditory perception. Currently, we observe an increasing interest in bias in speech perception, showing that identification of speech sounds can be influenced by the information the listener has at her disposal (which might be justified or not).

Among the factors that play a role in biased speech perception may be: age, gender, the overall dialect or ethnolect, sexual orientation, and ethnic background of the speaker. Growing evidence shows that also professional linguists are susceptible to speech bias, which potentially has important impact on linguistics analyses (for instance in dialectology and fieldwork). Moreover, auditory bias may lead to misjudgement by evaluators in speech therapy, second language evaluation, or asylum requests, which may have a serious impact on the speaker who is evaluated.

 The conference will have a highly interdisciplinary character. We strive to bring together cognitive scientists, (applied) linguists, language therapists, psychologists, philosophers, and musicologists who are interested in auditory perception.

  • Participation is free for AU students but you need to register by email to Tina Friis (semtina@cas.au.dk)
  • Update Sept. 7-2014: The booklet for the conference is now available as a PDF download.

                             Programme:

                                           Thursday 18 September

 

08:30-09:00         Registration

09:00-09:10         Opening

                           Marjoleine Sloos

                              Session Sociolinguistics 1

                            Chair: t.b.d.

09:10-09:40         Talk 1 “How the demographic make-up of our community influences our speech perception”

                           Shiri Lev-Ari & Sharon Peperkamp

09:40-10:10         Talk 2 “Regional differences in the perception of a sound change in progress”

                           Anne-France Pinget

10:10-10:40        Talk 3 “The role of dialect exposure in the perception of sociophonetic variables”

                           Nancy Niedzielski

10:40-11:00        Coffee break

 

                           Session Sociolinguistics 2

                          Chair: Nicolai Pharao

11.00-11.30       Talk 4

                         Suburban Swedish maturing:

                         Variation and perceptions among adult speakers of Swedish contemporary vernacular

                         Nathan Young

11:30-12:00       Talk 5 “Non-native prosody and its misperception: Implications of bias”

                         Richard Todd

12:00-12:30       Talk 6 “Own variety bias”

                         Marjoleine Sloos & Andrea Ariza-García

12:30-14:00       Lunch

                           Session Phonetics

                        Chair: t.b.d

14:00-14:30     Talk 7 “Directional asymmetry in the brain’s perception of speech sounds:

                        an MMR study of [t] vs. [d]”

                        Andreas Højlund Nielsen, Line Gebauer, William B. McGregor, Mikkel Wallentin

14:30-15:00     Talk 8 “Speaker intelligibility may influence perception acuity”

                       Will Schuerman, Antje Meyer, James McQueen

15:00-15:30     Talk 9 “Effects of pitch on perceived duration: Comparing speech and non-speech stimuli”

                       Carlos Gussenhoven & Wencui Zhou

15:30-16:00     Tea break

16:00-16:30     Talk 10 “Learning biases for speech: domain-general or domain-specific?”

                       Sabine van der Ham & Bart de Boer

 

16:30-17:15     Key note speech Title t.b.a.

                       Katie Drager

17:15              Closing first day

 


                                                   Friday 19 September

 

                        Session Second language acquisition 1

                      Chair: t.b.d.

9:00-9:40       Key note speech

                     “Universal biases in native and non-native speech perception”

                     Ocke-Schwen Bohn

9:40-10:10     Talk 11  “Foreign accent effects in emotional word processing”

                      Anna Hatzidaki, Christina Baus, Albert Costa

10:10-10:40   Talk 12 “The mis-production of TSM final stops”

                     Man-ni Chu

10:40-11:00   Coffee break

 

                         Session Second language acquisition 2

                       Chair: Wencui Zhou

11:00-11:30    Talk 13 “Effect of phonotactic constraints on L2 speech processing”

                       Tamami Katayama

11:30-12:00    Talk 14

                      “Adaptation to foreign accents: The role of listener language experience and task expectations”

                       Cynthia Blanco, Hoyoung Hi, Rajka Smiljanic

12:00-12:30    Talk 15 “Bias or not: Cross-linguistic perception in accented-speech”

                      Hongyan Wang

12:30-14:00    Lunch

 

 

                       Session CI & Neurolinguistics

                     Chair: Alexandra Kratschmer

14:00-14:30  Talk 16

                    “Perception of acoustic emotion cues in normal-hearing listeners and cochlear-implant users”

                    Steven Gilbers, Christina Fuller, Dicky Gilbers, Mirjam Broersma, Martijn Goudbeek, Rolien Free,

                    Deniz Başkent

14:30-15:00  Talk 17

                    “Divergence in the perception of lexical stress by cochlear implant and normal hearing listeners”

                    David Morris

 

15:00-15:30  Talk 18

                    “Sounds in context: electrophysiological evidence for local bias in auditory processing

                     Ethan Weed

15:30-16:00    Tea break

 

16:00-16:30   Talk 19

                      “Reduced influence of prior perceptual knowledge in autism – evidence from auditory localisation”

                      Joshua Skewes & Line Gebauer

 

16:30-17:15   Key note speech Title t.b.a.

                       Ediz Sohoglu

17:15             Closing second day

 

 

19:00            Conference dinner

                      Venue t.b.a.

 


Saturday 20 September

                    Chair: Line Gebauer

9:00-9:40     Key note speech Title t.b.a.

                    Andreas Roepstorff

                     Session Cross-modal & Music 

9:40-10:10    Talk 20

                    “Interpreting infant vocal distress: the ameliorative effect of musical training in depression”

                     Christine Parsons, Katherine Young, Alan Stein, Morten Kringelbach

10:10-10:40  Talk 21 “Potentials for bias in a listener’s temporal perception of music”

                     Justin Christensen

10:40-11:00  Coffee break

 

11:00-11:30   Talk 22 “Discussion on pitch accent: a case study”

                     Xuefeng Zhou

11:30-12:00   Talk 23  “The effect of auditory sensitivity on audiovisual processing”

                     Cecilie Møller, Andreas Højlund Nielsen, Niels Christian Hansen, Joshua Skewes,

                     Klaus Bærentsen, Peter Vuust

12:00-13:00   Round the table discussion

 

13:00-14:00   Lunch

14:00-14:10  Closing Conference

                     Marjoleine Sloos

15:00-17:00  AROS museum visit


Special Session: Bias in Speech Perception, September 19

Recent research showed that speech perception can be influenced by social categorization. Perceived age, gender, the overall dialect or ethnolect, the sexual orientation, and the ethnic background of the speaker are among the factors that may lead to certain expectations regarding the pronunciation. Subsequently, these expectations can easily lead to misjudgements regarding accuracy of speech in e.g. speech therapy or second language acquisition. These expectations may also lead to misidentification of speech segments among naïve speakers as well as professional linguists. This potentially affects speech transcriptions in dialectology and sociolinguistics and phonological descriptions in fieldwork and anthropological linguistics. This session is devoted to studies on the occurrence of bias in speech perception, its neurolinguistic correlates, and the factors that correlate with perceptual bias.

Keynote speakers

Ediz Sohoglu

Ocke Bohn (University of Aarhus)

Katie Drager (University of Hawaii)

Andreas Roepstorff (University of Aarhus)

 

Schedule

Registration close                    15 September 2014

Conference                             18-19-20 September 2014

Deadline paper submission       1 October 2014

 

Contact person

Marjoleine Sloos

Msloos@cas.au.dk

 

Registration/payment

The conference will take place at AU campus, building 1441, room 012 (auditorium 1)

 

Registration is required for the conference and we would kindly ask you to register by using the webshop: https://auws.au.dk/auditoryperception

The conference fee (DKK 750/EUR 100) covers lunches, coffee/tea and the conference dinner.

If you have special allergies or very specific wishes regarding dinner, please contact Tina Friis: semtina@hum.au.dk

We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Aarhus.


Hotels and Transportation

Hotels in Aarhus can be found here at Hotels in Aarhus. We can recommend the following hotels:

CabInn
Kannikegade 14, DK-8000 Århus C
Phone: (+45) 8675 7000
www.cabinn.dk

Hotel Guldsmeden
Guldsmedgade 40, DK-8000 Århus C
Phone: (+45) 8613 4550
www.hotelguldsmeden.dk

Hotel Scandic City
Østergade 10, DK-8000 Århus C
Phone: (+45) 89 31 81 00

http://www.scandichotels.dk/Hotels/Danmark/Aarhus/Arhus-City/#.U3zWIV4ROD8

Hotel Villa Provence
Fredens Torv 10, DK-8000 Århus C
Phone: (+45) 8618 2400
www.villaprovence.dk

  

Airports

There are several daily flights between Aarhus Airport (www.aar.dk) and Copenhagen Airport. The flight Copenhagen-Aarhus takes 35 minutes. In Copenhagen, a free transit bus links the International and the domestic airport terminals.

Aarhus Airport (http://www.aar.dk/default.asp?id=87) located 40 km north of the city. Travel time from Aarhus Airport to the city of Aarhus is 45 minutes (one way ticket ca. DKK 100)

Billund Airport (www.billund-airport.dk) located 100 km south of Aarhus, There is bus service to Aarhus city from both airports. and from Billund Airport to Aarhus 1.5 hours (one way ticket ca. DKK 180). Taxi service is also available.

Trains
There are direct hourly train services from Copenhagen Airport to Aarhus. The journey takes 3.5 hours (one way ticket approximately DKK 400). For bookings and time tables, please see (www.dsb.dk).

Aarhus City Busses
The city bus system in Aarhus is very efficient. Yellow busses depart approximately every 15 minutes from around 6 a.m. to midnight. Busses stop close to the university.http://www.midttrafik.dk/kundeservice/in+english

Maps

To find Aarhus University, hotels, etc., please click here (opens in a new window): Map of Aarhus


co-financed by the EU Program

Funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research "Mobilex Mobility Grant", co-financed by the EU Program "Marie-Curie" under FP7.


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