Facial expressions and speechreading performance

Björn Lyxell*, Karina Johansson, Björn Lidestam, Jerker Rönnberg

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    In the present study, the role of facial expressions in visual speechreading (lipreading) was examined. Speechreading was assessed by three different tests: sentence-based speechreading, word-decoding, and word discrimination. Twenty-seven individuals participated as subjects in the study. The results revealed that no general improvement as a function of expression was obtained across all tests. Nevertheless, skilled speechreaders could significantly improve their performance as a function of emotional expression in the word-decoding and word-discrimination conditions. Furthermore, a correlational analysis indicated that there was a significant relationship between the subjects' rating of confidence regarding their responses to each test-item and performance on speechreading tests where lexical analysis is a necessary task-demand. The results are discussed with respect to how information from facial expressions is integrated with the information given by the lip movements in visual speechreading, and also with respect to general models of face-processing.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)97-102
    Number of pages6
    JournalScandinavian Audiology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1996


    • Facial expressions
    • Skill
    • Speechreading


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