An academic research poster submitted by a Misericordia University faculty-student research team for consideration at the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention in Los Angeles, California, has been designated as a Meritorious Poster Submission.
The poster, "Does Video Conversation Differ from Audio-Only Conversation in Regard to Measurable Aspects of Communication?," will be presented at the convention in November. It was done in collaboration with Jessica Kisenwether, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., assistant professor of speech-language pathology, and Denis Anson, M.S., O.T.R./L., director of research and development for the Assistive Technology Research Institute, and students Sarah Jennings, Bridgewater, N.J.; Murphy Lynch, Northampton; Jenna Mills, Sewell, N.J., and Shea Williams, Milton.
People using cell phones tend to speak louder than they do either face-to-face or using a landline phone. This phenomenon is so common that it is known by the term, "cell yell.'' It is caused by the lack of the audio feedback provided for by landlines. Without this feedback – known to telephone engineers as "side tone'' – it is difficult for a person to modulate their voice. Continued elevated speaking levels, in addition to annoying those around the speaker, can lead to vocal strain and long-term damage.
Misericordia's research examined the possibility that visual feedback, via video conferencing, might provide what is needed to moderate the speaking volume. The results indicated that, while video did not help moderate volume, it did reduce the number of conversational collisions, where both people begin speaking at the same time.
A Meritorious Poster Award is reserved for proposals judged by the Convention Program Committee to show "extraordinary, exceptional, and innovative work,'' according to ASHA. Each Topic Committee has the option of recommending one or two top-rated posters for the special distinction. ASHA received 1,895 poster submissions for the 2017 convention, and only 55 were selected for meritorious recognition.
The Misericordia University research team will receive recognition in the convention program book by having a special blue ribbon icon next to its listing and it will be identified in the Poster Hall with a ribbon displayed on the poster board sign.
The ASHA Convention is the strongest educational program for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, speech and hearing scientists, and related professionals, according to ASHA.
The Misericordia University faculty-student research team, from left, Shea Williams, Milton, Pa.; Jenna Mills, Sewell, N.J.; Jessica Kisenwether, Ph.D., C.C.C.-S.L.P., assistant professor of speech-language pathology; Denis Anson, M.S., O.T.R./L., director of research and development, Assistive Technology Research Institute; Murphy Lynch, Northampton, Pa., and Sarah Jennings, Bridgewater, N.J., received special recognition in advance of the 2017 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Los Angeles, Calif. The team's research poster has been designated as a Meritorious Poster – one of only 55 to receive the honor.