Voice recognition study

A student at the University of Winchester invites you to take part in her study on stammering and voice-recognition technology.

Background and purpose

Natasha Toland, a third year forensics student from the University of Winchester, is carrying out the research as part of her dissertation. She is looking to gain some understanding of the effect stammers have on voice recognition software and devices, such as Google Dot and Amazon Echo. 

The more samples she receives, the more Natasha will be able to see how the technology hears and understands the voice. Natasha hopes that her findings might make brands like Google and Amazon consider people with speech impediments when redeveloping their products.

What will it involve?

If you take part, you will be asked to record yourself reading a set of short sentences. The sentences are on page 4 of the Participant Information Sheet, which you can download below.

You can use a smartphone or other recording device to record yourself at home. You are then required to email the sound file (mp3 or mp4) to Natasha. She will then assess all the samples blindly to protect your confidentiality. 

Who can take part?

Natasha is looking for anyone who has a stammer to take part, no matter how mild or severe it is.


If you would like take part, or have any questions, email Natasha at t.toland.17@unimail.winchester.ac.uk

This study is open until March 2020. For more details, and for the set of sentences to record, download the Participant Information Sheet below.

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