Suppression of vocal responses to auditory perturbation with real-time visual feedback

Li Hsin Ning, Torrey M. Loucks, Chilin Shih

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Speakers can adjust pitch using auditory feedback through a short-latency corrective response known as the pitch-shift response (PSR). Suppression of the PSR denotes on-line stabilization of pitch. In this paper, the hypothesis that pitch-shift responses can be suppressed with real-time visual feedback of vocal F0 is investigated. Mandarin speakers and naive speakers without tonal language experience were instructed to produce the sustained vowel /a/ and Mandarin tone /ma1/ in an audio-only condition and a separate audio-visual condition. Both Mandarin speakers and naive speakers suppressed pitch-shift responses in the audio-visual condition, regardless of task (/a/ or /ma1/) and stimulus magnitude (25 cents or 200 cents). These findings suggest that multisensory feedback (audio-visual) can improve the stability of voice F0. The benefit of audio-visual integration is independent of language experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3698-3705
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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