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Synthetic Speech in Therapy of Auditory Hallucinations

  • Kamil Sorokosz
  • Izabela Stefaniak
  • Artur JanickiEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10415)

Abstract

In this article we propose using speech synthesis in the therapy of auditory verbal hallucinations, which are sometimes called “voices”. During a therapeutic session a patient converses with an avatar, which is controlled by a therapist. The avatar, based on the XFace model and commercial text-to-speech systems, uses a high quality synthetic voice synchronized with lip movements. A proof-of-concept is demonstrated, as well as the results of preliminary experiments with six patients. The initial results are highly encouraging – all the patients claimed that the therapy helped them, and they also highly assessed the quality of the avatar’s speech and its synchronization with the animations.

Keywords

Speech synthesis Auditory hallucinations Assistive technologies Avatar Visual speech 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kamil Sorokosz
    • 1
  • Izabela Stefaniak
    • 2
  • Artur Janicki
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Institute of TelecommunicationsWarsaw University of TechnologyWarsawPoland
  2. 2.Institute of Psychiatry and NeurologyWarsawPoland

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