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Validation de stimuli prosodiques émotionnels chez les Franco-québécois de 50 à 80 ans*

  • Flore Morneau-Sévigny (a1), Joannie Pouliot (a1), Sophie Presseau (a1), Marie-Hélène Ratté (a1), Marie-Pier Tremblay (a1), Joël Macoir (a2) (a3) and Carol Hudon (a1) (a2)...


Few batteries of prosodic stimuli testing have been validated for Quebec-French people. Such validation is necessary to develop auditory-verbal tasks in this population. The objective of this study was to validate a battery of emotional prosodic stimuli for French-Québec aging subjects. The battery of 195 stimuli, which was elaborated by Maurage et al. (2007), is composed of 195 prosodic stimuli and was administrated to 50 healthy Quebecers aged 50-to-80 years. The percentages of good responses were calculated for each stimulus. For each emotion, Cronbach’s alphas were calculated to evaluate the internal consistency of the stimuli. Results showed that among the 195 stimuli, 40 were correctly recognized by at least 80 per cent of the subjects. Anger was the emotion that was most correctly identified by the participants, while recognition of disgust was the least recognised. Overall, this study provides data that will guide the selection of prosodic stimuli in evaluating French-Québécois.

Peu de banques de stimuli prosodiques ont été validées chez les Québécois francophones. La validation de ce type de banques est nécessaire pour développer des tâches auditivo-verbales chez cette population. L’objectif de cette étude est de valider une banque de stimuli prosodiques émotionnels auprès de Franco-québécois vieillissants. La banque de 195 stimuli (Maurage, Joassin, Philippot & Campanella, 2007) a été administrée à 50 Québécois sains âgés de 50 à 80 ans. Les pourcentages de bonnes réponses pour chaque stimulus ont été calculés. Pour chaque émotion, des alphas de Cronbach ont été calculés pour évaluer la cohérence interne des stimuli. Quarante des 195 stimuli ont été reconnus correctement par au moins 80 pour cent des participants. L’émotion la mieux reconnue était la colère; le dégoût était la moins bien reconnue. Cette étude fournit des données qui guideront le choix de stimuli prosodiques viables à des fins d’évaluation auprès de Franco-québécois.


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La correspondance et les demandes de tirés-à-part doivent être adressées à : / Correspondence and requests for offprints should be sent to: Carol Hudon, Ph.D. 2325, rue des Bibliothèques Pavillon Félix-Antoine-Savard (local 1546) Québec, QC G1V 0A6 (


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