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Changes in the McGurk Effect across Phonetic Contexts. I. Fusions

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dc.contributor.author Hampson, Michelle en_US
dc.contributor.author Guenther, Frank en_US
dc.contributor.author Cohen, Michael en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-11-14T19:00:16Z
dc.date.available 2011-11-14T19:00:16Z
dc.date.issued 1999-11 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2144/2248
dc.description.abstract The McGurk effect has generally been studied within a limited range of phonetic contexts. With the goal of characterizing the McGurk effect through a wider range of contexts, a parametric investigation across three different vowel contexts, /i/, /α/, and /u/, and two different syllable types, consonant-vowel (CV) and vowel-consonant (VC), was conducted. This paper discusses context-dependent changes found specifically in the McGurk fusion phenomenon (Part II addresses changes found in combination percepts). After normalizing for differences in the magnitude of the McGurk effect in different contexts, a large qualitative change in the effect across vowel contexts became apparent. In particular, the frequency of illusory /g/ percepts increased relative to the frequency of illusory /d/ percepts as vowel context was shifted from /i/ to /α/ to /u/. This trend was seen in both syllable sets, and held regardless of whether the visual stimulus used was a /g/ or /d/ articulation. This qualitative change in the McGurk fusion effect across vowel environments corresponded systematically with changes in the typical second formant frequency patterns of the syllables presented. The findings are therefore consistent with sensory-based theories of speech perception which emphasize the importance of second formant patterns as cues in multimodal speech perception. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship National Institue on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (R29 02852); Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (R29 02852) en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Boston University Center for Adaptive Systems and Department of Cognitive and Neural Systems en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries BU CAS/CNS Technical Reports;CAS/CNS-TR-1999-031 en_US
dc.rights Copyright 1999 Boston University. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that: 1. The copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage; 2. the report title, author, document number, and release date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of BOSTON UNIVERSITY TRUSTEES. To copy otherwise, or to republish, requires a fee and / or special permission. en_US
dc.title Changes in the McGurk Effect across Phonetic Contexts. I. Fusions en_US
dc.type Technical Report en_US
dc.rights.holder Boston University Trustees en_US


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