Douglas A. Vakoch

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This study investigated the effects of linguistic experience on tone perception. Both Cantonese (in Experiment 1) and Mandarin (in Experiment 2) tones, including both lexical and nonlexical tones, were presented to three groups of subjects: Cantonese, Mandarin, and English native speakers. Subjects were asked to determine whether two auditorily presented(More)
Until recently most models of word recognition have assumed that semantic auditory naming effects come into play only after the identification of the word in question. What little evidence exists for early semantic effects in word recognition lexical decision has relied primarily on priming manipulations using the lexical decision task, and has used visual(More)
Two parallel tasks involving rule learning were used to assess implicit and explicit learning. The complex task (occurring in the complex rule-line condition) involves predominantly implicit learning, and the simple task (occurring in the simple rule-number condition) requires primarily explicit learning. Implicit learning clearly showed negative transfer(More)
Although psychotherapists-in-training may rely significantly on their clinical intuitions when first beginning to practice therapy, they quickly discover that much more is required to conduct effective treatment. Increasingly over the past two decades, training manuals have been used to impart explicit guidelines to beginning psychotherapists. In addition,(More)
The fundamental frequency (FO) of speech has been used for examining both transient emotional states [D. A. Vakoch, 1. Acoust. Soc. Am. 95, 2974 (1994)] and more stable personality traits. For example, low perceived pitch has been associated with attributions of high emotional stability [K. R. Scherer, Eur. J. Soc. Psycho!. 8, 467-487 (1978)]. In the(More)
| The systematic search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has been ongoing for slightly more than half the century that this journal has been in print, and the topic has been of human interest through recorded history. Are we any closer to detecting cosmic company or knowing whether it should be there? This paper takes a look at what has been done,(More)
.......................................................................................................... iv DEDICATION ....................................................................................................... vi ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS .................................................................................. vii CHAPTER I: INTRODUCTION(More)
Since its inception, the scientific search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) has been recognized as an interdisciplinary effort. It has attracted people not only from the physical and biological sciences, but also from the behavioral and social sciences. There are many areas where anthropologists, economists, futurists, historians, philosophers,(More)