PNB 3EV3 - Evolutionary Psychology Lab

3 unit(s)

Students will conduct an experiment recording and analyzing, and manipulating human speech, as well as photographing human faces, learning morphing techniques, and testing perceptions. 

Seminar and Lab (three hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): Credit or registration in PNB 3RM3 and 3XE3; or ISCI 2A18 A/B.
Permission if by preregistration ballot. (See Department Note 3 above.)

Enrolment is limited.

Detailed outline

This 3rd year lab course will focus on the research techniques used to study voice and face perception. In this course we will learn how to record voices and photograph faces for research. We will then learn how to analyze and manipulate spectrotemporal features of voices to prepare them as auditory stimuli. We will learn how to delineate landmark points on faces to prepare them for morphing. We will learn different techniques to morph, transform, and create face stimuli. Finally, we will test perceptions of these faces and voices. Students will analyze these data and write up a short research report.

Registrants are expected to be familiar with research in voice and face perception.

Each class will begin with a lecture, and proceed into laboratory work.

This course is designed to help develop effective, transferable techniques among many facets of scientific research such as acoustic analysis and voice and face manipulation techniques. This course will be useful for any student pursuing a career in evolutionary psychology, perception, or clinical scenarios involving speech, voice production and/or face perception.

Contact Department

Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour (PNB)
Psychology Building (PC), Room 102
McMaster University
1280 Main Street West
Hamilton Ontario L8S 4K1