Vocal isolation: Effects of occluding auditory feedback from one's own voice

George S. Klein, David L. Wolitzky

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Investigated the effects of vocal masking on the associative structure and content of ideas elicited in an imagery task, using 16 college graduates as Ss. When Ss were unable to hear their own voices, their images showed significantly greater indications of overall drive expression (unweighted drive), more intense drive expression (weighted drive), and a significant increase in morality references. The degree of drive expression was positively correlated with speech editing behaviors (aborted sentences, incomplete words, etc.), and negatively correlated with language editing behaviors (e.g., use of qualifying expressions). Findings are discussed in terms of the reciprocal activity of speech and language editing in relation to (a) drive expression, (b) the functional significance of hearing one's own voice, and (c) the contribution of the total experimental situation (e.g., the masking noise) to the effects obtained. (15 ref.) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)50-56
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1970


  • associative structure & content of ideas in imagery task, occluding auditory feedback from own voice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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