John Kingston

The Intensity Puzzle

Because speech sounds nearly always occur in the context of other speech sounds, each one's acoustics and perception varies as function of what speech sounds occur next to it. The size of the perceptual effects of neighboring speech sounds on that target sound depends directly on how intense those neighboring sounds are, but their own identification does not. This project seeks an explanation for this paradox.

Selected Publications:

Kingston, J., Levy, J., Rysling, A., and Staub, A. (2016). Eye movement evidence for an immediate Ganong Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 42, 1969-1988.

Kingston, J., Kawahara, S., Chambless, D., Key, M., Mash, D., and Watsky, S. (2014). Context effects as auditory contrast. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76, 1437-1472.

Kingston, J., Kawahara, S., Mash, D., and Chambless, D. (2011). Auditory contrast and autonomy in context effects: Data from Japanese and English listeners, Language and Speech, 54, 496-522.