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Vocal Communication Lab

What does your voice communicate beyond the words you speak? Human vocal control abilities are wide and complex. The sound of our voice provides a multitude of cues to the speaker, from their emotional state, to their physical qualities and social identity.

At the Vocal Communication Lab, we combine anatomical, acoustic, and behavioural approaches, to explore the wide range of physical and psychological cues we communicate through our voice, and the effect they have on listeners. We are particularly interested in exploring the relations between voice cues and stereotypes, and voice and well-being.

For more information about the research centre please email Dr Valentina Canessa-Pollard (nee. Cartei) on v.canessapollard@chi.ac.uk.

Current Projects

Current research topics include communication of social identity cues, voice stereotyping (particularly regarding gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and disabilities), voice practices and well-being.

  • BBC radio Leicester. Interview on 鈥淲hy, as a nation, we are so obsessed with crime dramas on TV鈥 - 8 October 2019
  • Glamour magazine: "Why, as a nation, we are so obsessed with crime dramas on TV" article. Published 27 September 2019
  • The effect of family and self-esteem on drug abuse.
  • Why do some women suffer in silence? A descriptive investigation into risk factors for Intimate Partner Violence
  • Edwards, B., Revill, J. and Cartei, V. (2015). Why stopping acid attacks is a matter of chemical weapons control. The Conversation.

Research Opportunities

We are open to anyone that would like to participate and work with us. We particularly encourage collaborations with the third and charity sector, teachers and voice therapists.

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Please email Dr Valentina Canessa-Pollard (nee. Cartei) on v.canessapollard@chi.ac.uk.

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