10th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Brighton, United Kingdom
September 6-10, 2009

Control of Human Generating Force by Use of Acoustic Information - Study on Onomatopoeic Utterances for Controlling Small Lifting-Force

Miki Iimura (1), Taichi Sato (1), Kihachiro Tanaka (2)

(1) Tokyo Denki University, Japan
(2) Saitama University, Japan

We have conducted basic experiments for applying acoustic information to engineering problems. We asked the subjects to execute lifting actions while listening to sounds and measured the resultant lifting-force.

We used human onomatopoeic utterances as the sounds that are presented to the subjects aiming to make their lifting-force small.

Especially, we focused on the “emotion” or “nuance” contained in humans’ utterances, which is a unique characteristic evoked by the utterance’ acoustical features. We found that the emotion or nuance can control the lifting-force effectively. We also clarified the acoustical features that are responsible for effective control of lifting-force exerted by human.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Iimura, Miki / Sato, Taichi / Tanaka, Kihachiro (2009): "Control of human generating force by use of acoustic information - study on onomatopoeic utterances for controlling small lifting-force", In INTERSPEECH-2009, 612-615.