Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Full Access Beat gestures modulate auditory integration in speech perception

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Beat gestures modulate auditory integration in speech perception

  • PDF
  • HTML
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Seeing and Perceiving
For more content, see Multisensory Research and Spatial Vision.

In everyday life, people interact with each others through verbal communication but also by spontaneous beat gestures which are a very important part of the paralinguistic context during face-to-face conversations. Nonetheless, their role and neural correlates have been seldom addressed. Here we investigate the time course of beat-speech integration in natural speech perception conditions. We measured event-related potentials to words pronounced with or without an accompanying beat gesture while participants attended to a political speech. When the speaker was on sight, words pronounced with a beat gesture elicited appositive shift in ERPs at early sensory (before 100 ms) and at a later time window coinciding with the auditory component P2. This result remained partially true even when the auditory signal was removed from audiovisual signal. Interestingly, there was no difference with words pronounced without gesture when participants listened to the same speech passage without viewing of the speaker. We conclude that in a naturalistic speech context, beat gestures are integrated with speech early on in time and modulate the sensory/phonological levels of processing. We propose that these results suggest a possible role of beats as a highlighter, helping direct the focus of attention of the listener on important information, rather than adding information per se. Beat gestures would modulate how verbal information is treated.

Affiliations: 1: Universitat Pompeu Fabra de Barcelona, ES

In everyday life, people interact with each others through verbal communication but also by spontaneous beat gestures which are a very important part of the paralinguistic context during face-to-face conversations. Nonetheless, their role and neural correlates have been seldom addressed. Here we investigate the time course of beat-speech integration in natural speech perception conditions. We measured event-related potentials to words pronounced with or without an accompanying beat gesture while participants attended to a political speech. When the speaker was on sight, words pronounced with a beat gesture elicited appositive shift in ERPs at early sensory (before 100 ms) and at a later time window coinciding with the auditory component P2. This result remained partially true even when the auditory signal was removed from audiovisual signal. Interestingly, there was no difference with words pronounced without gesture when participants listened to the same speech passage without viewing of the speaker. We conclude that in a naturalistic speech context, beat gestures are integrated with speech early on in time and modulate the sensory/phonological levels of processing. We propose that these results suggest a possible role of beats as a highlighter, helping direct the focus of attention of the listener on important information, rather than adding information per se. Beat gestures would modulate how verbal information is treated.

Loading

Full text loading...

/deliver/18784763/25/0/18784763_025_00_S080_text.html;jsessionid=Lgft445_OsQxkfq7UVbUFqtF.x-brill-live-03?itemId=/content/journals/10.1163/187847612x647054&mimeType=html&fmt=ahah
/content/journals/10.1163/187847612x647054
Loading

Data & Media loading...

http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/187847612x647054
Loading
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/187847612x647054
2012-01-01
2016-12-10

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation