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Melody matters: An acoustic study of domestic cat meows in six contexts and four mental states

Schötz, Susanne LU ; van de Weijer, Joost LU and Eklund, Robert (2019) VIHAR-2019 p.29-34
Abstract
This study investigates domestic cat vocalisations in different contexts and mental states. Measures of fundamental frequency (f0) and duration as well as f0 contours of 780 meows from 40 cats were analysed. We found significant effects of recording context and of mental state on f0 and duration. Additionally, contours in positive (affiliative) contexts and mental states were predominantly rising, while those produced in negative contexts and mental states were predominantly falling. Our results suggest that cats use paralinguistic information and biological codes to signal mental state.
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Proc. 2nd Intl. Workshop on Vocal interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots (VIHAR)
editor
Dassow, Angela ; Marxer, Ricard ; Moore, Roger K. ; Stowell, Dan ; ; ; and
pages
29 - 34
publisher
Ricard Marxer
conference name
VIHAR-2019
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London, United Kingdom
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2019-08-29 - 2019-08-30
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978-2-9562029-1-2
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Melody in human–cat communication
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English
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yes
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0ecc1469-5187-42d8-b367-dced06c9cf4d
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  abstract     = {This study investigates domestic cat vocalisations in different contexts and mental states. Measures of fundamental frequency (f0) and duration as well as f0 contours of 780 meows from 40 cats were analysed. We found significant effects of recording context and of mental state on f0 and duration. Additionally, contours in positive (affiliative) contexts and mental states were predominantly rising, while those produced in negative contexts and mental states were predominantly falling. Our results suggest that cats use paralinguistic information and biological codes to signal mental state.},
  author       = {Schötz, Susanne and van de Weijer, Joost and Eklund, Robert},
  booktitle    = {Proc. 2nd Intl. Workshop on Vocal interactivity in-and-between Humans, Animals and Robots (VIHAR)},
  editor       = {Dassow, Angela and Marxer, Ricard and Moore, Roger K. and Stowell, Dan},
  isbn         = {978-2-9562029-1-2},
  language     = {eng},
  month        = {07},
  pages        = {29--34},
  publisher    = {Ricard Marxer},
  title        = {Melody matters: An acoustic study of domestic cat meows in six contexts and four mental states},
  url          = {http://vihar-2019.vihar.org/assets/VIHAR_2019_proceedings.pdf},
  year         = {2019},
}