Ep 272: How To Create a Human-Like Voice

MichaelCognition, Intelligence and Language, Emotion, I/O Psychology0 Comments

Alexa Google Cortana: How Voice Enabled Assistants Can Sound Human

Have you used Siri, Hey Google, Aleza or Cortana? These voice-enabled digital assistants are pretty cool and getting smarter, but why do some of them sound more like a “person” than others? What is it about your voice that makes people believe that there is a thinking human being behind it? In this episode I take a look at a research study called “Mistaking Minds: How Speech Affects Dehumanization and Anthropomorphism” to uncover what it is about a voice that makes it more likely that you’ll anthropomorphize it into a real human being?

Resources for this Episode

  • Schroeder, J., & Epley, N. (2016). Mistaking minds and machines: How speech affects dehumanization and anthropomorphism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145(11), 1427-1437. doi:10.1037/xge0000214. You can download the paper here.
  • Juliana Schroeder’s website at the Haas School of Business
  • Nicholas Epley’s website at Chicago Booth
  • Voice Enabled Assistants

  • Siri and Alexa to Come with Emotional Health Support Responses
  • The Praat voice analysis software
  • Have Those PDFs and Docs Read to You On-The-Go
  • Google Just Taught a Computer How to Sound Human
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