The perceptions of personality as a function of speaking rate
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The purpose of this study was to determine how listeners judge various attributes of a speaker based upon their perception of the speaker's speaking rate. The characteristics of interest included: intelligence, competence, physical relaxation, emotional relaxation, and employability. Speech samples were recorded for four student volunteers while describing five different pictures using a fast speaking rate, typical speaking rate, and slow speaking rate. The subjects participating in this study were from a large undergraduate class. The recorded audio samples were played to the subjects, and after each recording the subjects answered five questions using a standard scantron. Results indicated that as speaking rate increased the reported positive results for all five attributes generally increased. Findings of this study suggested a potential clinical application for various individuals with communicative disorders who are taught to modify their speaking to improve their ability to communicate (e.g. persons who stutter).