Say when: An automated method for high-accuracy speech onset detection

Peter A. Jansen, Scott Waiter

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Abstract

Many researchers across many experimental domains utilize the latency of spoken responses as a dependent measure. These measurements are typically made using a voice key, an electronic device that monitors the amplitude of a voice signal, and detects when a predetermined threshold is crossed. Unfortunately, voice keys have been repeatedly shown to be alarmingly errorful and biased in accurately detecting speech onset latencies. We present Say When-an easy-to-use software system for offline speech onset latency measurement that (1) automatically detects speech onset latencies with high accuracy, well beyond voice key performance, (2) automatically detects and flags a subset of trials most likely to have mismeasured onsets, for optional manual checking, and (3) implements a graphical user interface that greatly speeds and facilitates the checking and correction of this flagged subset of trials. This automatic-plus-selective-checking method approaches the gold standard performance of full manual coding in a small fraction of the time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-751
Number of pages8
JournalBehavior Research Methods
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Say when : An automated method for high-accuracy speech onset detection. / Jansen, Peter A.; Waiter, Scott.

In: Behavior Research Methods, Vol. 40, No. 3, 01.08.2008, p. 744-751.

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