Seminar Series

Varying the perceived personality from voices

Previous work from our group has shown that the key personality traits listeners establish upon hearing novel voices can be reduced to a two-dimensional space aligned to ratings of Trustworthiness and Dominance. The so-called 'Social Voice Space' shows remarkable consistency to other domains, including face perception, and is proposed to drive our decisions of whether to enact approach or avoidance behaviour. In this talk I will provide a brief summation of the 'Social Voice Space' before presenting recent work that uses acoustical morphing techniques to synthesis varying levels of perceived trust, and the applications this may have, as well as work looking to establish the stability of such personality judgements across changing listener and speaker scenarios, including culture, context and time.