Toddlers' comprehension of degraded signals: Noise-vocoded versus sine-wave analogs

Rochelle S. Newman, Monita Chatterjee, Giovanna Morini, Robert E. Remez

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Recent findings suggest that development changes the ability to comprehend degraded speech. Preschool children showed greater difficulties perceiving noise-vocoded speech (a signal that integrates amplitude over broad frequency bands) than sine-wave speech (which maintains the spectral peaks without the spectrum envelope). In contrast, 27-month-old children in the present study could recognize speech with either type of degradation and performed slightly better with eight-channel vocoded speech than with sine-wave speech. This suggests that children's identification performance depends critically on the degree of degradation and that their success in recognizing unfamiliar speech encodings is encouraging overall.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)EL311-EL317
JournalJournal of the Acoustical Society of America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics


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