11th Annual Conference of the International Speech Communication Association

Makuhari, Chiba, Japan
September 26-30. 2010

Voice Attributes Affecting Likability Perception

Benjamin Weiss, Felix Burkhardt

Deutsche Telekom Laboratories, Germany

Ratings of voices' likability were collected in two subsequent studies. A single scale seems to be sufficient for assessing such ratings. Based on limited but controlled data, spectral parameters as well as f0 and articulation rate correlate with the ratings obtained. An automatic classification confirms the relevance of spectral features for the perception of likability. As a simple method of collecting more data for further studies, the single scale was validated within the bounds of the small data set. Both, the spectral parameters and items from a comprehensive questionnaire indicate the relevance of timbre for the likability perception.

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Bibliographic reference.  Weiss, Benjamin / Burkhardt, Felix (2010): "Voice attributes affecting likability perception", In INTERSPEECH-2010, 2014-2017.