Title

Short-Term-Memory Demands In Processing Synthetic Speech By Old And Young-Adults

Authors

J. A. Smither

Title - Alternative

Behav. Inf. Technol.

Keywords

Computer Science, Cybernetics; Ergonomics

Abstract

This experiment investigated the demands synthetic speech places on short term memory by comparing performance of old and young adults on an ordinary short term memory task. Items presented were generated by a human speaker or by a computer based text-to-speech synthesizer. Results were consistent with the idea that the comprehension of synthetic speech imposes increased resource demands on the short term memory system. Older subjects performed significantly more poorly than younger subjects, and both groups performed more poorly with synthetic than with human speech. Findings suggest that short term memory demands imposed by the processing of synthetic speech should be investigated further, particularly regarding the implementation of voice response systems in devices for the elderly.

Publication Title

Behaviour & Information Technology

Volume

12

Issue/Number

6

Publication Date

1-1-1993

Document Type

Article

Language

English

First Page

330

Last Page

335

WOS Identifier

WOS:A1993ML46900002

ISSN

0144-929X

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