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A Tool for Research on Emotion in Naturally Occurring Speech

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 1R41LM012177-01
Agency Tracking Number: R41LM012177
Amount: $225,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: NLM
Solicitation Number: PA14-072
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2015
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2015-09-20
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2016-09-19
Small Business Information
60 KIRBY PLACE
Palo Alto, CA 94301-3039
United States
DUNS: 803686435
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 COLLEEN CRANGLE
 (650) 322-9257
 crangle@converspeech.com
Business Contact
 COLLEEN CRANGLE
Phone: (650) 322-9257
Email: crangle@converspeech.com
Research Institution
 STANFORD UNIVERSITY
 
3160 PORTER DRIVE, SUITE 100
STANFORD, CA 94304-1222
United States

 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract

DESCRIPTION provided by applicant A Tool for Research on Emotion in Naturally Occurring Speech It is now widely accepted that defects or limitations in emotion processing underlie many disorders such as anxiety depression bipolar and eating disorders If bio behavioral markers of emotions could be found researchers would have the basis for investigating emotions in both normal mental functioning and in a wide range of mental disorders The role of emotion in the experience of patients with cancer and other illnesses is also of growing interest to researchers The aim of this Phase I STTR project is to show the feasibility of developing a tool for research on emotion in naturally occurring speech It builds o work already done by the applicant small business Converspeech and the applicant research organization Stanford University It will integrate two existing prototype programs one that recognizes emotions in naturally occurring speech and another that analyzes language in terms of the emotions of both speaker and listener All analyses are designed to respect individual differences in emotion processing High quality video and audio recordings collected from individuals and couples in interaction over two years are available to the proposed project The project has two Specific Aims Specific Aim Build a software tool that permits acoustic and language analysis to be integrated for the study of emotion in naturally occurring speech Specific Aim Embed integrated acoustic and language analysis of speech and emotion in a tool that offers flexible choices to the researcher for new kinds of acoustic and language analysis Feasibility will be established by using the integrated prototype tool to reproduce our recent acoustic and language study conducted on six participants with comparable results for four to ten additional participants In addition at least one new acoustic feature one other classification model and additional language analysis will be incorporated and tested for functionality New language analysis will be evaluated using new annotations provided by our two emotion consultants both of whom conduct research in emotion They will also perform a walk through of the integrated extended prototype following a think aloud protocol

PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE The project seeks to develop a tool for research on emotion in naturally occurring speech It will facilitate the search for objective indicators of emotional staes in bio behavioral data specifically in speech collected in different settings where naturally occurring emotions can be seen If bio behavioral markers of emotion could be found researchers would have the basis for investigating emotions in both normal mental functioning and in a wide range of mental disorders The proposed tool will integrate acoustic and language analysis and provide ways specifically to study emotions of people in interaction

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