[Validation of emotional stress stimuli in 50-to-80-year-old French-Quebecers]

Can J Aging. 2014 Jun;33(2):111-22. doi: 10.1017/S0714980814000063. Epub 2014 Apr 25.
[Article in French]


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.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Age Factors
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Recognition, Psychology*
  • Sex Factors
  • Social Perception*
  • Speech Perception*