Investigating prosodic accommodation in clinical interviews with depressed patients

Brian Vaughan, Carolina De Pasquale, Lorna Wilson, Charlie Cullen, Brian Lawlor

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Abstract

Six in-depth clinical interviews, involving six different elderly patients (aged 60+) and one psychiatrist, were recorded and analysed for a number of prosodic accommodation variables. Our analysis focused on pitch, speaking time, and vowel-space ratio. Findings indicate that there is a dynamic manifestation of prosodic accommodation over the course of the interactions. There is clear adaptation on the part of the psychiatrist, even going so far as to have a reduced vowel-space ratio, mirroring a reduced vowel-space ratio in the depressed patients. Previous research has found a reduced vowel-space ratio to be associated with psychological distress; however, we suggest that it indicates a high level of adaptation on the part of the psychiatrist and needs to be considered when analysing psychiatric clinical interactions.console
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 9 Jan 2018
Event7th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, United States
Duration: 9 Jan 201810 Jan 2018
http://archive.mindcareconference.org/2018/show/home

Conference

Conference7th EAI International Conference on Pervasive Computing Paradigms for Mental Health
Abbreviated titleMindCare 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoston
Period9/01/1810/01/18
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