Accent Research

Accent Research

The following are interesting items of information about accents from a variety of sources.



Research carried out by the University of Chicago found that people unconsciously doubt harder to process statements more than easily understandable ones.  Instead of perceiving their statements as more difficult to understand, they perceive them as less truthful.  The result of this unconscious mental operation has a big impact on millions of people, who routinely communicate in a language which is not their native tongue.  People were influenced by the impact of accent and they say that an accent might reduce the credibility of job seekers, eyewitnesses, reporters or news anchors. Read more about their findings.




International medical graduates account for 25% of the doctors practicing in Australia. Many of these people find that clear communication is essential to their work. Indeed, many doctors report that effective communication boosts their self confidence, eases interactions with colleagues and improves patient care.



There are many things that can influence why we have an accent. Research has been carried out about how we formulate words, how we come by our accents and how we decode what is being said to us. This research looked into how are brain controls our accent




In the U.S. religious pastors have identified communication difficulties with their congregation and have sought accent modification training to help them communicate more clearly with locals.