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Bias in Auditory Perception

We invite researchers from the fields of applied linguistics, psychology, anthropology, philosophy, and musicology to submit a paper on bias in auditory perception.

2014.03.10 | Marjoleine Sloos

Date Thu 18 Sep Sat 20 Sep
Time 07:00    17:00
Location Aarhus University (DK), building 1441 - room 012 (auditorium 1)
Registration opens Tue 15 Apr 08:00, Registration closes Mon 01 Sep 12:00 Register

Bias in Auditory Perception 18-19-20 September 2014

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 Interacting Minds Centre (Aarhus University, Denmark) organises a conference about the role of expectation in auditory perception in general, with a special focus on bias in speech perception. 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.


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.


Abstract submission (Update: Extended deadline!)

Abstracts can be submitted before July 15, 2014. Notification of acceptance follows on July 29, 2014. Abstracts should not exceed 200 words excluding references and should be submitted as PDF. Please use EasyAbs to upload your abstract. Speakers will be allotted 20 minutes plus 5 minutes discussion. We have the intention to select papers for a peer-reviewed special issue on auditory bias. 

Please submit your abstract to EasyAbs here


Registration is open now. Last chance to register is September 1st 2014.

The conference fee is DKK700 (appr. EUR100) and covers lunches and coffee and tea during the whole conference and one conference dinner at September 19th

Please click here to register for the conference


Keynote speakers

Ediz Sohoglu

Ocke Bohn (University of Aarhus)

Katie Drager (University of Hawaii)

Andreas Roepstorff (University of Aarhus)




Call for papers                                                     15 March 2014

Deadline abstract submission                                 1 July 2014

Notification of acceptance of abstracts                   15 July 2014

Registration open                                                15 April 2014

Registration close                                                15 September 2014

Conference                                                         18-19-20 September 2014

Deadline paper submission                                   1 October 2014


Contact person

Marjoleine Sloos



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:

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:

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



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