Electronic Theses and Dissertations





Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Speech Language Pathology

Committee Chair

Miriam van Mersbergen

Committee Member

Jani Johnson

Committee Member

Joel Kahane


Voices are idiosyncratic manifestations of individuals and contribute to unique self-representation. Interocpetion is the body's ability to perceive its internal physiological state(s). An individual's interoceptive abilities correlate with emotional and perceptual experience, which poses inplications for cognition, self-perception, and personality. Given the links between the voice and the sense-of-self, populations experiencing voice impairment may experience an altered sense of self. The purpose of this study was to determine the extent to which interoceptive awareness predicts voice congruence in individiuals with normal, healthy voices. Fifty individuals underwent an interoceptive awareness task and were split into two groups, high and low interoceptive awareness. Following this task, they underwent a speaking and listening task, after which they completed a Voice Congruence Scale. Results indicated that individuals with higher interoceptive awareness rated themselves as having higher voice congruence. These findings pose compelling implications for many voice-related populations and guides future clinical and research practices.


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Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.