Laryngeal Dynamics in Expressing Vocal Emotions
Voice production involves complex interactions between several systems including respiration, phonation and resonation. Voice is the audible aspect of speech. Larynx, the source of sound, can produce a variety of sounds varying in pitch, loudness and quality. An intricate balance of these three keeps human voice within normal limits. Voice disorders, leading to an abnormal voice, can hinder speech communication. Apart from distracting the listener, a poor voice can also affect expression of vocal emotions, a crucial aspect of communication. Voice analyses during specific gestures help scientists understand the physiology of voice production in order to design therapeutic techniques that can induce similar behavior in target population. This interdisciplinary project is designed to study the laryngeal dynamics of vocal emotions in vocal performers.
- Learn about the physiology of the larynx
- Be trained to operate equipment and software related to voice production
- Recruit and collect data from subjects
- Begin to interpret recorded signals
Mentors: Nandhu Radhakrishnan (Communication Science & Disorders), Cheryl Black (Department of Theater); Ann Harrell (School of Music), Christine Seitz (School of Music)
Semesters: Fall 2011 - Spring 2012