Collection of Human Speech and Physiological Data under Anxiety Induction

University of Toronto, Electrical and Computer Engineering Dept.

The goal of this study is to be able to automatically predict the presence of anxiety in recorded speech (from both audio and visual recordings). In this study, you will begin by filling out an online survey. The survey will ask you for basic demographic information, and to list the two events in your life that you consider the most anxiety-producing, and the two events in your life that you consider the most happiness-producing. You’ll also be asked to fill out two questionnaires that assess your general level of anxiety. After you complete the online survey, we will contact you with further instructions for participation in an in-person study, during which time we will take physiological measurements, including heartbeat, muscle tension and skin conductance.

Your Impact

Participants receive monetary compensation, but there is no other direct benefit to participants. However, your participation in this research has the potential to help people with excessive anxiety monitor and improve their condition.

Eligibility Criteria

All genders

18 to 65 years old

Native English speakers

Study Tasks

Describe past anxious event
Describe past happy event
Fill out survey questionnaires


The study was approved by the University of Toronto Health Sciences Research Ethics Board, Protocol # xxxxxxx


Mental health

Activity and Time

Technology, Health and Wellness, Psychology

Observational Study, Interview, Polls and Surveys


20 minute(s) - 45 minute(s) per session

1 session(s)



Study Address

27 King's College Circle Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S

Posting date: Jan 23, 2020

Earn $20