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The Glasgow Voice Memory Test: assessing the ability to memorize and recognize unfamiliar voices

Abstract : Methods. 1120 subjects as well as a developmental phonagnosic subject (KH) along with age-matched controls performed the Glasgow Voice Memory Test, which assesses the ability to encode and immediately recognize, through an old/new judgment, both unfamiliar voices (delivered as vowels, making language requirements minimal) and bell sounds. The inclusion of non-vocal stimuli allows the detection of significant dissociations between the two categories (vocal vs non-vocal stimuli). Results. The distributions of accuracy and sensitivity scores (d') reflected a wide range of individual differences in voice recognition performance in the population. As expected, KH showed a dissociation between the recognition of voices and bell sounds, her performance being significantly poorer than matched controls for voices but not for bells. THE GLASGOW VOICE MEMORY TEST 2 Conclusion. By providing normative data of a large sample and by testing a developmental phonagnosic subject, we demonstrated that the Glasgow Voice Memory Test, available online and accessible from all over the world, can be a valid screening tool (~ 5 min) for a preliminary detection of potential cases of phonagnosia and of " super recognizers " for voices.
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Virginia Aglieri, Rebecca Watson, Cyril Pernet, Marianne Latinus, Lúcia Garrido, et al.. The Glasgow Voice Memory Test: assessing the ability to memorize and recognize unfamiliar voices. Behavior Research Methods, Psychonomic Society, Inc, 2017, 49 (1), pp.97-110. ⟨10.3758/s13428-015-0689-6⟩. ⟨hal-01469030⟩

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