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  Learning foreign sounds in an alien world: Videogame training improves non-native speech categorization

Lim, S.-J., & Holt, L. L. (2011). Learning foreign sounds in an alien world: Videogame training improves non-native speech categorization. Cognitive Science, 35(7), 1390-1405. doi:10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01192.x.

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Lim, Sung-Joo1, Author              
Holt, Lori L.1, Author
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Free keywords: Learning; Non-native speech categorization; Speech perception; Categorization; Videogame training; Adult plasticity; Auditory learning; Second language learning
 Abstract: Although speech categories are defined by multiple acoustic dimensions, some are perceptually weighted more than others and there are residual effects of native-language weightings in non-native speech perception. Recent research on nonlinguistic sound category learning suggests that the distribution characteristics of experienced sounds influence perceptual cue weights: Increasing variability across a dimension leads listeners to rely upon it less in subsequent category learning (Holt & Lotto, 2006). The present experiment investigated the implications of this among native Japanese learning English /r/-/l/ categories. Training was accomplished using a videogame paradigm that emphasizes associations among sound categories, visual information, and players’ responses to videogame characters rather than overt categorization or explicit feedback. Subjects who played the game for 2.5 h across 5 days exhibited improvements in /r/-/l/ perception on par with 2–4 weeks of explicit categorization training in previous research and exhibited a shift toward more native-like perceptual cue weights.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2011-08-092011-09
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1111/j.1551-6709.2011.01192.x
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 35 (7) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1390 - 1405 Identifier: ISSN: 0364-0213
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925523741