Date of Graduation

5-2012

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science Education

Degree Level

Undergraduate

Department

Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders

Advisor

Hagstrom, Fran

Reader

McGehee, Marilyn

Second Reader

Aslin, Larry W.

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to gauge whether the age and status of an individual could be discerned or perceived by voice alone. The participants of the study were 7 female and 1 male undergraduate students between the ages of 18-25. The materials for this study consisted of audio segments from different individuals at various ages that were assembled by the researcher into a randomized recording. The audio segments were played to the participants of the study and then were followed by a voice discrimination questionnaire developed from the literature. Procedures for data collection required participants to listen to the audio segments and after each audio segment, complete the paper and pencil questionnaire. A qualitative analysis was then written on the results of the survey.

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