Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception

Patricia E. Bestelmeyer, Julien Rouger, Lisa DeBruine, Pascal Belin

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Abstract

Previous research has demonstrated perceptual aftereffects for emotionally expressive faces, but the extent to which they can also be obtained in a different modality is unknown. In two experiments we show for the first time that adaptation to affective, non-linguistic vocalisations elicits significant auditory aftereffects. Adaptation to angry vocalisations caused voices drawn from an anger-fear morphed continuum to sound less angry and more fearful, while adaptation to fearful vocalisations elicited the opposite aftereffect (Experiment 1). We then tested whether adaptation to vocal 'caricatures' of fear or anger increases the aftereffects. We found that original fearful or angry voices and caricatures of these expressions elicited equally strong adaptation effects (Experiment 2). The latter finding suggests that these aftereffects are relatively independent of acoustic properties and occur at high-level processing stages of auditory information processing.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalCognition
Volume117
Issue number2
Early online date30 Aug 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2010

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Keywords

  • auditory adaptation
  • voice perception
  • emotion
  • vocal affect

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Bestelmeyer, P. E., Rouger, J., DeBruine, L., & Belin, P. (2010). Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception. Cognition, 117(2), 217-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2010.08.008

Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception. / Bestelmeyer, Patricia E.; Rouger, Julien; DeBruine, Lisa; Belin, Pascal.

In: Cognition, Vol. 117, No. 2, 11.2010, p. 217-223.

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Bestelmeyer, PE, Rouger, J, DeBruine, L & Belin, P 2010, 'Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception', Cognition, vol. 117, no. 2, pp. 217-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2010.08.008
Bestelmeyer PE, Rouger J, DeBruine L, Belin P. Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception. Cognition. 2010 Nov;117(2):217-223. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2010.08.008
Bestelmeyer, Patricia E. ; Rouger, Julien ; DeBruine, Lisa ; Belin, Pascal. / Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception. In: Cognition. 2010 ; Vol. 117, No. 2. pp. 217-223.
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