Differences in perceptual assimilation following training

Heather Kabakoff, Julia Kharlamenko, Erika S. Levy, Susannah V. Levi

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Learning to perceive non-native speech sounds is difficult for adults. One method to improve perception of non-native contrasts is through a distributional learning paradigm. Three groups of native-English listeners completed a perceptual assimilation task in which they mapped French vowels onto English vowel categories: Two groups (bimodal, unimodal distribution) completed a perceptual learning task for the French /œ/-/o/ contrast and a third completed no training. Both trained groups differed from the untrained group, but participants in the bimodal group showed a different perceptual mapping for the targeted /œ/ vowel, suggesting that the bimodal condition may maximize perception of non-native contrasts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number045201
JournalJASA Express Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2021

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Acoustics and Ultrasonics
  • Music
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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