Listeners are quite reliable in their judgments of speaker age; however little is known about the use of vocal age as a disguise. Actors provided voice samples of varying ages. Listeners were asked to estimate speaker age and to estimate the age relationship of voice pairs within and across speakers. Results indicated that actors were able to produce voices of different ages; however none of the vocal age simulations were judged to be as old as the elder control group. Auditors exhibited considerable difficulty estimating the age relationships in voice pairs from the same talker. These findings will be discussed in terms of aging stereotypes and cues to speaker identity.
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