Cookies on this website

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you click 'Accept all cookies' we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies and you won't see this message again. If you click 'Reject all non-essential cookies' only necessary cookies providing core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility will be enabled. Click 'Find out more' for information on how to change your cookie settings.

This talk will be held via Zoom.

The human voice is an essentially social signal, yet it is mainly studied as a channel for linguistic communication. My lab’s research aims to redress this imbalance in the fields of cognitive psychology and neuroscience, through a programme of research that investigates voices as auditory representations of the self and other people.

In my talk, I will give an overview of this ongoing work. I will describe our findings on voice perception, concerning how we recognise and discriminate identity from voices, how identities are learned, and the differences between familiar and unfamiliar voice processing. I will also give examples of how explicit and implicit evaluations of vocal traits and personality are (not) influenced by listener knowledge and talker characteristics. Finally, I will introduce some of our work on voice production and ownership, using examples from recent studies of volitional trait expression and self-voice biases in perception.

 If you don't already have a Zoom link, please email Zoe Woodhead at

Click HERE to find out more about Professor McGettigan and her Vocal Communication Lab.