Voice Neurocognition Laboratory
WANTED
£6/hour
Experiments in Psychology
Contribute to Advancing Science!
The VNL is always in need of participants for its numerous online experiments. Listen to audio stimuli, respond to simple questions, and collect the reward. Most experiments are paying £6 per hour, but you could get a lot more if you get selected for further studies that involve brain scanning. Interested? Click on the link below.
Note: Online payments are not yet available. You will have to come to the school of psychology in person in order to collect your payment.
Access the online experiments website here
Poster presentation at HBM 2013, Seattle
Recognizing familiar identities from the face and voice: an fMRI cross-classification study
Read the poster or email Dr. Bashar Awwad Shiekh Hasan for more information: bashar.hasan@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Conducted at the VNL
Our Field of Expertise
The human voice not only carries speech, it is also an auditory face rich in precious information on the speaker. Normal listeners possess sophisticated voice cognition abilities for extracting and processing this speaker-related information. Even from brief vocalizations, we can figure out the gender, approximate age and affective state of the speakers, as well as more subtle cues such as how attractive or trustworthy they sound.
Voice cognition abilities play a crucial role in social interactions. But although they develop much earlier than speech perception in infants, and are present in a number of non-human species, little is known on their cerebral bases.
Poster presentation at HBM 2013, Seattle
Cerebral processing of non-verbal affective vocalizations studied using MEG and voice morphing
Read the poster or email Dr. Emilie Salvia for more information: Emilie.Salvia@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Conducted at the VNL
What does your 'Hello' say about you?
One of the questions in the Lab is what personality traits can you get from a voice?

Can you spot a trustworthy person from their voice?
Click on the image on the right and see what you think - is this person trustworthy or not?
For more information regarding this project, please email Phil, via Philip.McAleer@glasgow.ac.uk
Research Conducted at the VNL
Do we like boring voices?
Recently, based on a collaboration with the Lab, Dr. Bo Yao gave a radio interview regarding his recent paper on how the brain deals with boring voices. Click on Bo's image to hear the intervew (duration ~4mins) or click on the link to read the paper in full
Poster presentation at HBM 2012, China
Exploring the role of language-familiarity and race in talker identification, with a view to determining whether an other-race effect exists for voices. Where you come from may influence how you hear the Western voice on the left, or the Asian voice on the right.
Read the abstract or email David for more information: d.fleming@psy.gla.ac.uk
Research Conducted at the VNL
Using morphing techniques to explore gender in voices
Also, We are interested in the vocal changes between genders.
Click on the spectogram to hear how a male voice becomes a female voice.

Research Conducted at the VNL
Using morphing techniques to explore emotion in voices
We are also interested in the vocal changes between emotions.
Click on the spectogram to hear how an angry voice becomes a fearful voice.

  • Hot Lab Paper
    Yovel & Belin (2013) Trends in Cognitive Sciences
    Read the recent Review about a unified coding strategy for processing faces and voices
    Click on the image to read the new paper from the lab
  • Hot Lab Paper
    Watson, Latinus, Charest, Crabbe & Belin (2014) Cortex
    People-selectivity, aduiovisual integration and heteromodality in the superior temporal sulcus
    Click on the image to read the new paper from the lab
  • Hot Lab Paper
    Latinus, McAleer, Bestelmeyer & Belin (2013) Current Biology
    Read the recent Report: Norm-Based Coding of Voice Identity in Human Auditory Cortex
    Click on the image to read the new paper from the lab
  • Temporal Voice Area (TVA)
    Localization in the Brain
    Hearing voices activates a bilateral "temporal voice area" (TVA) in the brain, located in most individuals along the middle part of the superior temporal sulcus (STS). The TVA is analogous to the face-sensitive areas of visual cortex. The TVA constitutes a voice-selective stage of cerebral processing from which vocal information processing may be organized in several, functionally distinct, cortical pathways.
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