The voices of wrath: Brain responses to angry prosody in meaningless speech

Didier Grandjean, David Sander, Gilles Pourtois, Sophie Schwartz, Mohamed L. Seghier, Klaus R. Scherer, Patrik Vuilleumier

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Abstract

We report two functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments showing enhanced responses in human middle superior temporal sulcus for angry relative to neutral prosody. This emotional enhancement was voice specific, unrelated to isolated acoustic amplitude or frequency cues in angry prosody, and distinct from any concomitant task-related attentional modulation. Attention and emotion seem to have separate effects on stimulus processing, reflecting a fundamental principle of human brain organization shared by voice and face perception.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)145-146
Number of pages2
JournalNature Neuroscience
Volume8
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2005

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