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Module code:PSYC3205 (Add to my personalised list)
Credit value:.5
Division:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Module organiser (provisional):Prof Peter Howell
Organiser's location:Division of Psychology and Language Sciences
Available for students in Year(s):3
Module prerequisites:“Non-Psychology students (including non-Psychology affiliates) must visit the link below to establish whether they can take this module. Students should have an appropriate background in the subject area and must complete the ‘Module Request Form’, failure to do so will result in rejection on Portico.”  
Module outline:Terminology from Phonetics. Pulmonary and laryngeal systems. Acoustic characteristics of phonation signal. Frequency response of vocal tract. Spectrographic representation of speech. Application to speech production: Levelt’s model of speech control and critique. The EXPLAN model of speech control Production: Speech timing –cerebellum, Wing-Kristofferson, STI, Down syndrome, Parkinson’s speech. Coarticulation-phenomena and theories. Speaker differences. Dialogue interaction Ethics of experimental work on production. DSM-IV and classification of speech disorders Effects of hearing problems on speech control (otitis media and cochlear implants). Agrammatic aphasia speech.Stuttering its diagnosis and treatment. Speech perception; phenomena and theories. Categorical perception. Perception of accented speech. Auditory scene analysis and applications to speech perception. Motor theory of speech perception and mirror neurons. 
Module aims:To understand the processes of speech production and perception as they operate normally and pathologically. 
Module objectives:Students are taught the way the lungs, larynx and vocal tract operate to produce speech. The physical representation of speech and the way that this is represented in spectrograms is given. These are used as a basis for investigating models of speech production. The ways that speech production is affected in pathological cases (stuttering, Down syndrome, other genetic disorders, etc) is given. It is shown how speech synthesizers mimic the form of speech seen on spectrograms. The use of synthesis techniques in studying speech perception in humans and animals are given as well as theories that attempt to explain speech perception. It is shown how hearing impairment affects the perception of speech. 
Key skills provided by module:The module provides the student with an understanding how speech is produce, how we hear it and specific processes involved in speech perception. With its emphasis on understanding normal and pathological conditions, students with interest in speech language therapy/pathology and clinical psychology get key background information by attending this course. 
Module timetable: 
Module assessment:Unseen three-hour written examination 100.00% 
Taking this module as an option?:Not without pre-requisites and approval, see above 
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Last updated:2017-09-11 13:06:03 by ucjtjst