Team

Dr. Verena G. Skuk (Dipl. Med. Sys. Wiss.)

+49 (0)3641 945 939

verena.skuk [at] uni-jena.de

Department of Otolaryngology
Institute of Phoniatry and Pedaudiology
Jena University Hospital
07743 Jena, Germany

Research Unit Person Perception
Institute for Psychology
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Leutragraben 1
07743 Jena, Germany

Curriculum Vitae

Positions

09/2016 – today

09/2014 – 08/2016

11/2009 – 09/2014

11/2008 – 05/2009

04/2008- 09/2008

09/2007 – 02/2008

06/2006 – 09/2006

10/2003 – 09/2004

Post doctoral Researcher, Department of Otolaryngology, Institute of Phoniatry and Pedaudiology, Jena University Hospital, Germany

Post doctoral Researcher, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Post-graduate Student and Research Associate, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Internship and Thesis (Dipl.) at the Volkswagen AG, 38436 Wolfsburg

Student Research Assistant at the Chair of Computer Graphics, Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany

Internship at Jena-Optronik GmbH, Jena

Research Assistant at the Chair of Computer Graphics, Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany

Research Assistant at the Chair Psychophysiology and Perception, Jun-Prof. Dr. Anke Huckauf, Bauhaus University of Weimar, Germany

Education

01/09/2014

11/2009 – 08/2014

10/2009

Defense of the PhD-Thesis, with the title “The perception of Speaker Gender and Speaker Identity in the Human Voice”

Post-graduate Student and Research Associate at the Institute of Psychology, Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, Germany

Dipl.-Medien System Wissenschaftler, Bauhaus Universtity of Weimar, Weimar, Germany
Diploma Thesis: “Studie zur Wahrnehmung und Wirkung chromatischer und achromatischer Spiegelungen in der Windschutzscheibe“ made at Volkswagen AG. supervised by Jun.-Prof. A. Huckauf, Prof. B. Fröhlich”, Bauhaus University of Weimar, Weimar, Germany

About my Studies

Media Systems is an interdisciplinary study course with a broad basic on digital media and computer science. After intermediate examination my chosen main interests were on perception and psychology, virtual reality and computer graphics. Today the curse is renamed in Media informatics and further information can be found here http://www.uni-weimar.de/de/medien/studium/medieninformatik-computer-science-and-media/

Main research interests:

My current work mainly focuses on the human voice as a carrier of social information related to physical, psychological and social characteristics of the speaker. The correct and effective retrieval and interpretation of these paralinguistic cues is a valuable competence in daily social interactions. My research focuses on individual differences in familiar voice recognition and how they are related to autistic traits. Further I am intrested on how we are processing voice gender, vocal age or identity information in healthy listeners, but also how cochlear implant users process social information in speech.

Reviewing for scientific journals

  • Cognition
  • JASA Express Letters
  • Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
  • Perception
  • Royal Society Proceedings B

Publications

Papers in peer-reviewed journals

Skuk, V.G., Palermo, R., Broemer, L., & Schweinberger, S.R. (accepted 6 January, 2017). Autistic Traits are Linked to Individual Differences in Familiar Voice Identification. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-017-3039-y

Skuk, V.G., Damman, L.M, Schweinberger, S.R. (2015), Role of Timbre and Fundamental Frequency in Voice Gender Adaptation. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 138(1180), http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4927696

Schweinberger, S.R., Kawahara, H., Simpson, A.P., Skuk, V.G., & Zaeske, R. (2014). Speaker Perception. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science, 5(1), 15-25, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/Wcs.1261

Kawahara, H., Morise, M., Banno, H., & Skuk, V.G. (2013). Temporally variable multi-aspect N-way morphing based on interference-free speech representations. In Proc. Signal and Information Processing Association Annual Summit and Conference (APSIPA), 2013 Asia-Pacific, 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/APSIPA.2013.6694355

Skuk, V.G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2013). Adaptation Aftereffects in Vocal Emotion Perception Elicited by Expressive Faces and Voices. Plos ONE, http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0081691

Zäske, R., Skuk, V.G., Kaufmann, J.M., & Schweinberger, S.R. (2013). Perceiving vocal age and gender: An adaptation approach. Acta Psychologica, 144(3), 583-593, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2013.09.009

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2014) . Influences of Fundamental Frequency, Formant Frequencies, Aperiodicity and Spectrum Level on the Perception of Voice Gender. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57(1), 285-296, http://dx.doi.org/10.1044/1092-4388(2013/12-0314)

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2013) . Gender Differences in familiar voice identification. Hearing Research, 296,  131-140, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.heares.2012.11.004

Conference Presentations and Talks

Skuk, V.G., Broemer, L., Palermo, R. & Schweinberger, S.R., (2016). Autistic Traits are Linked to Individual Differences in Familiar Voice Identification. Poster presentation at the 9th Scientific Meeting for Autism Spectrum Conditions “Therapy Methods”, March 2016, Jena, Germany.

Skuk, V.G., Broemer, L., & Schweinberger, S.R., (2015). Individual Differences In Familiar Voice Identification. Talk at the 12th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception -Current Topics and Perspectives”, October 2015, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Kirchen, L., Skuk, V.G., Schmidt, T., Guntinas-Lichius, G., Feuer, U., Voigt, P., & Schweinberger, S.R., (2015). Perception of Social Information in Voices by Cochlear-Implant Users. Poster presentation at the 12th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception -Current Topics and Perspectives”, October 2014, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Zaeske, R., Skuk, V.G. & Schweinberger, S.R., (2015). The Relationship of Attractiveness and Distinctiveness in Voices and Faces of Young Adult Speakers. Poster presentation at the 12th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception -Current Topics and Perspectives”, October 2014, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Koehler, H., Skuk, V.G. & Schweinberger, S.R., (2015). Multimodal Aftereffects in the Perception of Vocal Age Elicited by Faces and Voices. Poster presentation at the 12th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception -Current Topics and Perspectives”, October 2014, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Skuk, V.G. (2014). The Perception of Speake Gender and Speaker Identity. Talk at the 10th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception – Person Impressions, Emotions, and Social Cognitive Neuroscience”, October 2014, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Skuk, V. G., Dammann, L.M., & Schweinberger, S.R. (2012). Role of Vocal Tract Resonances and Fundamental Frequency in Voice Gender Adaptation.  Poster presentation at 8th PPRU Workhop “Foundations of Person Perception – Trends in Cognition and Neuroscience”, October 2013, Jena, Germany. (abstract as .pdf)

Skuk, V.G., Schweinberger. S.R. (2013). Uni-, bi- and crossmodal adaptation aftereffects in vocal emotion perception. Poster presentation at 7th PPRU Workhop “Person Perception: Preserved and Impaired: Neuroscientific, Clinical, Experimental and Computational Evidence”, April 2013, Jena, Germany.  (abstract as .pdf)

Skuk, V.G., Schweinberger. S.R. (2013). Aftereffects in the perception of vocal emotion caused by unimodal, bimodal, and crossmodal adaptation. Talk at the 55th Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 2013, Vienna, Austria.

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2012). Individual Differences and Gender Differences in Voice Perception (abstract.pdf).  Talk at  the 6th PPRU Workshop “Person Perception: Individual differences and differences between groups”, October 2012, Jena, Germany.

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2012). Multimodale Nacheffekte bei der Verarbeitung auditiver emotionaler Stimmen.  Poster presentation at Psychologie und Gehirn, June 2012, Jena, Germany.

Skuk, V.G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2012). Individual differences in familiar voice identification among a group of adolescents. Talk at the 54. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), April 2012, Mannheim, Germany.

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R. (2012). Impact of Different Acoustic Parameters on the Perception of Gender in Voices. Talk at the 4th PPRU Workshop “Hot Topics in Person Perception Research in Europe and Overseas”, October 2011, Jena, Germany.

Schweinberger, S. R., Walther, C., Skuk, V. G., Kovács, G., & Zäske, R. (2011). Perception of Voice Gender and Identity: Neurophysiological Correlates. Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS 2011), July 2011, Nottingham, UK.

Skuk, V. G., Zäske, R., & Schweinberger, S.R. (2011). Influences of Fundamental Frequency, Formant Frequencies, Aperiodicity and Spectral Level Information on the Perception of Gender in Voices. Talk at the 3rd PPRU Workshop “Integrating Cognitive, Neuroscientific, and Social Approaches to Person Perception: Current Status and Future Perspectives”, May 2011, Jena, Germany.

Skuk, V. G., Zäske, R., & Schweinberger, S.R. (2011). “Voice Averaging” of Natural Speech: A Study on Perceptual Adaptation to Speaker Identity using Morphed Voices . Poster presented at International Workshop on Voice and Speech Processing in Social Interactions, April, 2011, Glasgow, Scotland.

Skuk, V. G., Zäske, R., & Schweinberger, S.R. (2011). Voice Averaging of natural Speech – A study on the identification of personally familiar speaker using perceptual adaptation paradigms. Talk at the 53. Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 2011, Halle, Germany.

Skuk, V. G., Schweinberger, S.R., Zäske, R., & Kawahara, H. (2010). Voice averaging in natural sentence stimuli: Studying the identification of personally familiar voices from identity-reduced (anticaricatured) morphs”, Poster presntation at the 2nd PPRU Workshop “Person Perception 25 years after Bruce and Young (1986)”, October 14-16, 2010, Jena, Germany.

Teaching

Seminars – Bachelor of Science (Psychology)

  • Seminar: Neurology of Auditory Perception (2015)
  • Empirisches Forschungsseminar 2: Auditorische und crossmodale Adaptation bei der Wahrnehmung von Emotion in der menschlichen Stimme Schweinberger, Spuk (04/2011 – 09/2011)
  • Empirisches Forschungsseminar 1: Auditorische und crossmodale Adaptation bei der Wahrnehmung von Emotion in der menschlichen Stimme – Schweinberger, Spuk (10/2010 – 04/2011)

Supervision

10/2015 – today

06/2014 – 02/2016

04/2015 – 01/2016

04/2015- 10/2015

10/2012 – 04/2013

2010 – 2012

Supervision of two Bachelor Thesis

Supervison of a Seminarfacharbeit, Carl-Zeiss-Gymnasium, Jena

Supervision of a Master Thesis “Perception of Social Information in Voices by Cochlear Implant Users”

Supervision of a Bachelor Thesis “Multimodal Aftereffects in the Perception of Vocal Age Elicited by Faces and Voices

Supervison of a Bachelor Thesis on the Perception of Gender in Voices

Supervison of a Seminarfacharbeit, Angergymnasium, Jena

Further Functions

  • Speech and Audio Lab Supervision
  • Homepage Administration