Jason Bishop on the perception and processing of prosody

Fri, 03/15/2013 - 1:15pm - 2:30pm
CCRMA Seminar Room
Event Type: 
Hearing Seminar
Prosody conveys information about emotion and the intention of the speaker.  In this way it is much like music---conveying information that is not in the words. We know its there, we know that babies understand it before they understand the words, but we don't really know how it's perceived. And arguably, music is mostly prosody, so this is really relevant to all you music types too!!!

I'm very happy to introduce Jason Bishop to the Hearing Seminar.  Jason is finishing his PhD in linguistics at UCLA, and he's very interested in how we perceive prosody.  And more importantly, how do different individuals perceive prosodic messages?  I think this is an important problem, because it's critical to how we understand different kinds of communications, whether they are speech or music.

Who:  Jason Bishop (UCLA)
What: Individual differences in the perception and processing of prosody
When: Friday, March 15th at 1:15PM
Where: CCRMA Seminar Room, Top Floor of the Knoll

The words are good at CCRMA, but the prosody will be even better.  See you at CCRMA.

- Malcolm

Individual differences in the perception and processing of prosody
Jason Bishop (UCLA)


Prosody (i.e., rhythm and melody), is an important aspect of the phonetic and phonological organization of speech, and is used by speakers to convey various kinds of linguistic information to a listener. In this talk, I will describe recent research into how native English-speaking listeners use prosody to decode certain syntactic (i.e., sentence, word order) and semantic (meaning) structures. One of the findings from this work that I will highlight is the discovery of individual differences in prosodic perception that are systematically related to "autistic"-like personality traits in the neurotypical (i.e., non-clinical) population. I will also argue that the influence of autistic traits stems from their relation to attentional allocation capacities in human listeners. 



Jason Bishop is a Ph.D. candidate in linguistics at University of California, Los Angeles, where he specializes in laboratory phonology, prosody, and phonetics. His dissertation work explores how information structure is expressed in speech, and the implications for linguistic models of prosodic organization. Before graduate school, he was a Fulbright Scholar in Leipzig Germany, where he taught and was a research assistant in the Neuropsychology Department at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences. In addition to prosody, he also has research interests in segmental phonetics and phonology, as well as psycholinguistics. 


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