A comparison of intrasubject variation across sessions of three vocal frequency perturbation indices.

Abstract

Within-subject variation of three vocal frequency perturbation indices was compared across multiple sessions. The magnitude of jitter factor (JF), pitch perturbation quotient (PPQ), and directional perturbation quotient (DPF) was measured every other day for 33 consecutive days for ten female and five male normal young adult speakers. Perturbation measures were calculated using a zero-crossing analysis of taped [i] and [u] productions. Pearson product-moment correlations among the three perturbation indices were calculated to examine their relation over time. Coefficients of variation for JF, PPQ, and DPF were considered indicative of the temporal stability of the three measures. JF and PPQ provided redundant information about laryngeal behaviors in steady-state productions. DPF, however, appeared to measure different laryngeal behaviors. Also, JF and PPQ varied considerably within individuals across sessions while DPF was the more temporally stable measure. Multiple sampling sessions and measurement of both the magnitude and direction of period differences are advised for future investigations of vocal frequency perturbation.

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@article{Higgins1989ACO, title={A comparison of intrasubject variation across sessions of three vocal frequency perturbation indices.}, author={Maureen B Higgins and John H Saxman}, journal={The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America}, year={1989}, volume={86 3}, pages={911-6} }