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May 1959

Voice Recognition as a Measure of Self-Attitude and Relatedness

Author Affiliations

Owings Mills, Md.; Rhinebeck, N. Y.

AMA Arch NeurPsych. 1959;81(5):636-638. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1959.02340170102011

The human voice, recorded or heard on the radio, has been used in research concerned with personality judgments, communication theory, and psychotherapy. As a form of expressive behavior it has, like art productions and handwriting, a relationship to a person's mental and emotional characteristics.

The "interpersonal" psychologies hypothesize a dynamic relationship between a person's concept of himself and his acceptance of others. Research by Wolff,7 Huntley,5 and others3 suggests a close bond between the recognition of one's own expressive behavior and the acceptance of a person by himself and by others. The present research reports on exploration of interpersonal relationships using voice recognition as a means of acceptance.

The experimental population consisted of 33 boys receiving intensive inpatient psychiatric treatment at the Astor Home for Children. Their ages ranged from 7 to 15. The boys were in good physical health and of normal intelligence. Diagnostically the behavior

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