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Gift of the gab: you, your voice and what other people think!

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Past event - 2022
11 May Doors 7pm
Event 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Jamies St Mary at Hill, 2 St Mary at Hill,
London EC3R 8EE
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What does your voice say about you? Come along to look inside the vocal tract and find out what we think of each other based on our voices. Get ready to make some noise!! Includes a pub quiz with prizes.

(Please note this event was originally listed to take place in Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes and has been moved to Jamie's St Mary at Hill)


Your voice: a musical instrument for self expression

Professor Carolyn McGettigan (Professor in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences)
Say “Ahhhh!” How do you do it? In this session, we’ll be lifting the lid on the human vocal system to - quite literally - take a look inside the voice. Using MRI videos of the vocal tract in action, we’ll examine how the physical structures inside our mouths and throats translate the brain’s “compositions" into the music of vocal sounds - from speech to laughter, and song. We’ll also consider the ways in which this music is “tuned” and shaped during different communicative tasks. Come prepared to make noise!

“It’s not what you say, it’s the way that you say it”: the role of accent & identity in speech processing

Dr Bronwen Evans (Associate Professor in Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences)
We communicate much more than a linguistic message through our voice. The way in which we speak can tell others where we’re from, give clues about our educational background or our job. As listeners, we’re sensitive to this variation. That means that speaking in a particular way can have consequences for how we’re evaluated by others. In this talk, I will explore how we use our voice to portray identity, fit in with others and align ourselves with particular values, how our perception of speech is affected by our own experience and why we should all be more aware of accent discrimination.

About Dr Clare Lally (Host)

Dr Clare Lally (Postdoctoral Researcher, Vocal Communication)
My work is all about how voices are represented in the brain. I'm excited to introduce you to two cutting-edge academics that will talk you through the latest findings in voice research. Join us for a pint and plenty of chat!