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The acoustics of children's laughter

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dc.contributor.advisor Bachorowski, Jo-Anne en
dc.contributor.author Tennis, Katherine
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-13T20:19:40Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-13T20:19:40Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04-12
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/2722
dc.description.abstract Laughter is a unique sound--one that most of us produce many times each day. Despite laughter's seeming ubiquity, though, we really do not know much about this vocalization's psychological function(s) or details about its acoustics. The goal of the proposed research is to measure several acoustic features from a large corpus of children's laughter, with the goal being to catalog what makes this class of vocalizations arguably special. Through duration and frequency analyses we predict that due to their comparatively underdeveloped vocal-production anatomy, children's laughter will have a much higher F0 than adult laughter and will not expect sex differences. We also predict that children's laughter may be more tightly coupled to internal emotional state seems to be the case for adult laughter. en
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en
dc.subject Children, laughter, acoustics en
dc.subject.lcsh Human sounds en
dc.subject.lcsh Laughter en
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions en
dc.subject.lcsh Emotions in children en
dc.title The acoustics of children's laughter en
dc.title.alternative Children's laughter en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.description.college College of Arts and Science en
dc.description.department Psychology Department en


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