Communicating Emotions for People with Dysarthria Survey

Speaking is the most common method of communication and it plays a critical role in defining who we are. Emotions are essential elements in our everyday social interaction with others. Understanding emotional expressions and the information they carry helps in coordinating social interactions as they affect others’ responses, actions and feelings. Having dysarthria may change the way you communicate. It may affect your style, communication behaviour and it may affect the capacity of revealing feelings and emotions while speaking.

In this research, we want to find out how people with dysarthria communicate emotions. We want to know more about:

  • How difficult it is to get your emotions across ?
  • What are the emotions that are important to you to get across?
  • What are the ways that you tend to use to get your emotions across ?
  • Is there a difference in the way emotions are communicated to familiar and unfamiliar people?
This research has achieved ethical approval from the University of Sheffield and is conducted by Lubna Alhinti, a PhD student in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Sheffield.

You will not be asked to provide your name, unless you want to be contacted in the future about this research. Once results are received, it will be downloaded together with the initial analysis to the department’s password protected servers. The data are backed up in the university server account on a daily basis. The data will not be shared with anyone outside of the research team.

The survey is expected to take between 10 and 30  minutes to complete, depending on your access method. Completing the survey is voluntary and by completing it you are consenting to take part in this study.

Please address any queries to: Lubna Alhinti: (laalhinti1@sheffield.ac.uk).

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