MAURER, D. & LANDIS, T. (1990): Role of bone conduction in the self-perception of speech. Folia phoniatrica, 42, 226-229.

Abstract (Introduction)

In contrast to the perception of other persons' voice, one's own voice is rarely accepted as familiar when heard from a tape and is usually disliked. Since while speaking we hear our own voice by air as well as by bone conduction, but the voices of others only by air, this well-known phenomenon has been attributed by von Békésy [1] to the lack of bone conduction in the self-perception of speech from tape. Experimentally he found bone and air conduction to be in the 'same order of magnitude' [2]. This hypothesis can be tested, provided that subjects can mix separately recorded bone- and air-conducted speech until the mixture corresponds to their own familiar voice. If the lack of bone conduction in tape-recorded speech represents the sole reason for the rejection of the voice heard by the speaker, subjects are expected to add bone-conducted speech to this mixture. Moreover, there should be a significant correlation between the chosen mixture of bone- and air-conducted speech across subjects. The present paper attempts to test this hypothesis.

Keywords: bone-conduction, self-perception, speech


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