Team

Sven Kachel

+49 (0)3641 945 940

sven.kachel [at] uni-jena.de

Research Unit Person Perception
Institute for Psychology
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Leutragraben 1, Room 18-S07
07743 Jena

Curriculum Vitae

Education

09/2016-now

07/2017

02/2013

09/2012

2008-2013

2005-2012

Psychotherapist training with cognitive behavioral focus at the IVT Dresden (Germany)

PhD thesis: „Social Markers of Sexual Orientiation and Gender in Speech and Appearance: A Combination of Producer- and Perceiver-Centered Approaches” supervised by Melanie C. Steffens and Adrian P. Simpson

Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Speech Sciences, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany.
B.A. thesis: „Mediale Konstruktion von Homosexualität” [Medial construction of homosexuality]

Diploma in Psychology (equivalent to M.Sc.); Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany
Diploma thesis: „Geschlechterrolle oder sexuelle Identität? Eine phonetisch-psychologische Untersuchung weiblicher Sprechweisen” [Gender role or sexual identity? A phonetic-psychological analysis of female speech], supervised by Melanie C. Steffens and Adrian P. Simpson

Academic studies of Communication (major subject) and Speech Sciences (minor subject) at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Academic studies of Psychology at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena (minor subject: German Linguistics)

Positions

11/-2017-now

1/2013-11/-2017

10/2009-10/2011

12/2008-01/2011

01/2007-09/2009

04/2006-10/2006

Research assistant at the Department of Social, Environmental, and Economic Psychology (University Koblenz-Landau, Germany)

PhD student and research assistant in the DFG Research Unit Person Perception (Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany) and at the Department of Social, Environmental, and Economic Psychology (University Koblenz-Landau, Germany)

Free lancing at radio station Funkwerk in Erfurt:
Presentation of the kids radio programme Fledermausfunk and the electronic music radio programme Frequenzmodulation

Internship at Podsports (activities in voice coaching and compilation of auditory content on physical trainings)

Research internship and student assistant in the DFG-funded research project “Brain activation during automatic and controlled stimulus processing before and after psychotherapeutic treatment on specific phobia” at the Department of Clinical and Biological Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Student assistant at the Thuringian University and Federal State Library

Main research interests

My main research topic is about acoustic and perceptual correlates of sexual orientation and gender-role self-concept. In particular, I’m interested if there are actual differences between lesbian/gay and straight people in their speech (e.g., fundamental frequency measures, vowel space characteristics etc.) when controlling for psychological variables. Connectedly, I focus on raters judgements on voices and faces of sexually divergent people. Moreover, my work is about conceptualizations and measurements of masculinity-femininity.

Professional societies

Since 11/2012 member of the German Psychological Society (DGPs), Sections: Social Psychology and Media Psychology

Awards

Best Thesis Award 2013 of DGPs-Section Social Psychology

Reviewing for scientific journals

Archives of Sexual Behavior

European Journal of Social Psychology

Social Psychology

The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

The Journal of Social Psychology

The Spanish Journal of Psychology

Zeitschrift für Entwicklungspsychologie und Pädagogische Psychologie

Publications

Papers in peer-reviewed journals

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2017). Acoustic correlates of sexual orientation and gender-role self-concept in women’s speech. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 141 (6), 4793-2809. doi: 10.1121/1.4988684

Kachel, S., Steffens, M.C., & Niedlich, C. (2016). Traditional masculinity and femininity: Validation of a new scale assessing gender roles. Frontiers in Personality and Social Psychology, 7:956. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00956

Book chapters

Steffens, M.C., Niedlich, C., Kachel, S., & Methner, N. (2016). Impression formation of applicants differing in sexual orientation: An attempt to integrate theoretical models and a review of the empirical evidence. In F. Earley (Ed.), Sexual orientation: Perceptions, discrimination and acceptance. New York: Nova Science Publishers.

Conference presentations

Talks

Kachel, S., Radtke, A., Skuk, V.G., Zäske, R., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2016). Untersuchung der sexuellen Orientierung mittels Voice Morphing. [Examining sexual orientation using voice morphing] Talk at the 50th Conference of the German Society for Psychology, 18.-22.09.2016, Leipzig, Germany.

Kachel, S., Steffens, M.C., & A.P., Simpson (2015). Perceived sexual and gender role orientation based on voice. Talk at the 12th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Person Perception: Current Topics and Perspectives”, 15.-16.10.2015, Jena, Germany.

Kachel, S., Steffens, M.C., & Simpson, A.P. (2015). ‘Testing your Gaydar!’ – Do mode and target characteristics influence straight judgements? Talk at the 15th Conference of the German Society for Psychology’s Section Social Psychology, 06.-09.09.2015, University of Potsdam, Germany.

Simpson, A.P., Kachel, S., Schulz, E., Steffens, M.C., & Weirich, M. (2015). Making a differnce: enhancing the size of linguistic contrast as a function of gender and sexuality. Talk at the 11th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Human Communication: From Person Perception to Social Action”, 09.-10.04.2015, Jena, Germany.

Heinen, C., Rohmann, A., & Mazziotta, A., Grüter, M. P. R., Hertrampf, D., Kachel, S. M. & Kürten, V. (2015). By which language forms do you feel addressed? – A multi-method approach considering various perspectives and the role of familiarity. Talk at the 1.st International Conference „Feministische und queere Perspektiven für die Psychologie“, 08.-10.01.2015, Bochum, Germany.

Simpson, A.P., Kachel, S., & Steffens, M.C. (2014). Changing voices: getting at the effects of phonetic convergence in controlled recordings. Talk at the 10th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Person Perception: Person Impression, Emotions, and Social Cognitive Neuroscience”, 09.-10.10.2014, Jena, Germany.

Kachel, S. (2014). Akustische und perzeptive Parameter der sexuellen Orientierung. [Acoustic and perceptual parameters of sexual orientation] Invited talk at the research seminar Application areas of experimental phonetics at the Institute of German Linguistics, 19.06.2014, Jena, Germany.

Kachel, S. & Simpson, A.P. (2013). Acoustic correlates of gender and sexual orientation. Invited talk at the Research Colloquium of the Department Social and Economic Psychology at the University Koblenz-Landau, 04.12.2013, Landau, Germany.

Simpson, A.P., Kachel, S., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). Doing gay, doing straight – Acoustic correlates of sexuality. Talk at the 7th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Foundations of Person Perception: Trends in Cognition and Neuroscience”, 10.-11.10.2013, Jena, Germany.

Kachel, S. (2013). Geschlechterrolle oder sexuelle Identität? Eine phonetisch-psychologische Untersuchung weiblicher Sprechweisen. [Gender role or sexual identity? A phonetic-psychological analysis of female speech] Invited talk at the 14th Conference of the German Society of Psychology’s Section Social Psychology, 01.-04.09.2013, Fernuniversity Hagen, Germany.

Kachel, S. (2013). Geschlechterrolle oder sexuelle Identität? Eine phonetisch-psychologische Untersuchung weiblicher Sprechweisen. [Gender role or sexual identity? A phonetic-psychological analysis of female speech] Invited talk at the research seminar Application areas of experimental phonetics at the Institute of German Linguistics, 27.06.2013, Jena, Germany..

Simpson, A.P., Kachel, S., & Steffens, M.C. (2012). Acoustic correlates of gender and sexual orientation – Perceptual cues to sexuality in the human voice. Talk at the 6th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Person Perception: Individual differences and differences between groups”, 10.-11.10.2012, Jena, Germany.

Poster presentations

Steffens, M. C., Niedlich, C., Kachel, S., & Methner, N. (2017). Identity intersections: An attempt to integrate theoretical models of impression formation. Poster presented at the 18th General Meeting of The European Association of Social Psychology, 05.-08.07.2017, Granada, Spain.

Kachel, S., Radtke, A., Skuk, V.G., Zäske, R., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2016). Perceiving sexual orientation in the voice – Evidence from averaged voices of straight and LGB speakers. Poster presented at the 50th Conference of the German Society for Psychology, 18.-22.09.2016, Leipzig, Germany.

Backofen, L., Gaukel, S., Kachel, S., Steffens, M.C., & Simspon, A.P. (2014). Interactions of visual and auditory information in the perception of sexual orientation. Poster presented at the 10th Workshop of the Person Perception Research Unit „Person Perception: Person Impression, Emotions, and Social Cognitive Neuroscience”, 09.-10.10.2014, Jena, Germany.

Simpson, A.P., Kachel, S., & Steffens, M.C. (2014). Is straight vs. GLB too coarse? Investigating the phonetic correlates of sexual orientation in German women. Poster presented at the BAAP Colloquium, 07.-09.04.2014, Oxford, Great Britain.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). ‘Er spricht wie eine Frau’? – Akustische Marker von sexueller Orientierung und Geschlechterrolle bei Männern. [‘He is speaking like a woman’? – Acoustic markers of sexual orientation and gender role in men] Poster presented at the 1st Gender and Diversity Research Day of the University Koblenz-Landau, 05.12.2013, Landau, Germany.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). Sprechen sie alle gleich? – Akustische Marker von sexueller Orientierung und Geschlechterrolle bei Frauen. [Do they speak all the same? – Acoustic markers of sexual orientation and gender role in women] Poster presented at the 1st LGBTI Research Conference of the Federal Foundation Magnus Hirschfeld, 28.-30.11.2013, Berlin, Germany.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). Phonetische Parametrisierung von Geschlechterrolle und sexueller Orientierung bei Frauen. [Phonetic parameterization of gender role and sexual orientation in women ] Poster presented at the 14th Conference of the German Psychological Societies-Section Social Psychology, 01.-04.09.2013, Fernuniversity Hagen, Germany.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). Lesbians do not speak differently than straight women, but they do speak differently than lesbians. Poster presented at the Final Conference of the Marie Curie Initial Training Network Language, Cognition and Gender, 13.-16.06.2013, Bern, Switzerland.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2013). Phonetic Parametrization of Sexual Orientation and Gender in German. Poster presented at the 55th Conference of Experimental Psychologists, 24-27.03.2013, Vienna, Austria.

Kachel, S., Simpson, A.P., & Steffens, M.C. (2012). Akustische Korrelate von Gender und sexueller Orientierung – Perzeptive Hinweisreize der Sexualität in der menschlichen Stimme. [Acoustic correlates of gender and sexual orientation – Perceptual cues of sexuality in the humen voice] Poster presented at the 8th Phonetik & Phonologie, 12.-13.10.2012, Jena, Germany.

Kachel, S. (2012). … und sie sprechen doch nicht tiefer! – Eine soziopsychophonetische Untersuchung (nicht-)lesbischer Sprechweisen. [… and they still speak lower! – A socio-psycho-phonetic investigation of (non-)lesbian speech] Poster presented at the 48th Conference of the German Society for Psychology, 23.-27. 9. 2012, Bielefeld, Germany.

Teaching

Seminar: Presentation skills (WS 2013/14)

Seminar: Fundamentals of rhetoric (WS 2013/14)

Seminar: Introduction to quantitative data analysis for linguists (SS 2013)

I’m offering supervision for bachelor and master students who are interested in writing their theses on my main research topic.

Thesis supervision

André Radtke (March 2017) “Similarly Attraction und Stimme – Eine empirische Studie zur wahrgenommenen Attraktivität und dem Point of Subjective Equivalence zwischen homo- und heterosexuell klingenden Kommunikatorstimmen.” [Similarly attraction and voice: An empirical study on the perceived attraction and the point of subjective equivalence between lesbian/gay- and straight-sounding communicator voices.] (BA-Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena)

Suzanne Friedrich (June 2016) “Gaydar: Wer erkennt wen woran am besten? Die Rolle von Beurteilerinnenmerkmalen bei der Erkennung von sexueller Orientierung” [Gaydar: Who identifies whom by which signals best? The role of rater characteristics in the detection of sexual orientation.] (MA-Thesis, University of Regensburg)

Blair Pinkett (March 2016): “That Sounds Gay: A Cross-Language Analysis of Gaydar and Homosexual Voice Attraction” (BA-Thesis, University of Glasgow, UK)

Sabine Reichelt (September 2015): “Legitimation der Ungleichwertigkeit – Zur sprachlichen Konstruktion von Lesben und Schwulen als die Anderen in der evangelikalen Zeitschrift ideaSpektrum” [Legitimization of inequality – On the linguistic construction of lesbians and gay men as the others in the evangelical journal ideaSpektrum] (MA-Thesis, Technical University, Berlin)

Dirk Hertrampf (December 2014): “‘Kennen wir, mögen wir: Nutzen wir?’ – Bekanntheit, Bewertung und Verwendung von Formen gendersensiblen Sprachgebrauchs” [‘We know it, we like it: Do we use it?’ – Familiarity, valence, and application of forms of gender-sensitive usage] (MA-Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena)

Felicia Schuld (August 2014): “Phonetische Konvergenz – Veränderungen in der Sprechweise von Probandinnen bei wechselnder Experimentleitung unter Berücksichtigung der sexuellen Orientierung” [Phonetic convergence – Changes in the speech of female participants during changing experimenters in consideration of sexual orientation] (BA-Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena)

Lisa Fröhlich (March 2014): “Geschlechtsbasierte Wahrnehmung von Kinderstimmen” [Gender-based perception of children’s voices] (BA-Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena)

Erika Schulz (January 2014): “Spektrale Eigenschaften von Sibilanten bei schwulen, lesbischen und heterosexuellen Sprecher_innen” [Spectral characteristics of sibilants in gay, lesbian, and heterosexual speakers] (MA-Thesis, Philipps-University, Marburg)

Otto A. Thoß (August 2013): “Musiktheater & Gay Culture. Zur Bedeutung homosexueller Künstler_innen und Rezipient_innen am Beispiel des Musiktheaters.” [Musical Theater & Gay Culture. On the importance of homosexual artists and recipients using the example of musical theater] (MA-Thesis, Academy of Performing Arts Baden-Württemberg, Ludwigsburg)

Carolyn J. Schröder (August 2013): “Fotos und Strichzeichnungen als visuelle Unterstützung beim Erwerb von Vokabeln einer Zweitsprache und ihre Effekte auf die Merkleistung.” [Pictures and line drawings in visual support of vocabulary aquirement and their effects on memory performance] (BA-Thesis, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Maria Ketzmerick (July 2013): “Between Islamization and Westernization? – The Mediation of Women’s Rights in the Egyptian Transition Period.” (MA-Thesis, University of Leipzig)