Super-expressive voices: Music to my ears?

Elizabeth A. Simpson, William T. Oliver, Dorothy Fragaszy

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Abstract

We present evidence from neuroimaging and brain lesion studies that emotional contagion may not be a mechanism underlying musical emotions. Our brains distinguish voice from non-voice sounds early in processing, and dedicate more resources to such processing. We argue that super-expressive voice theory currently cannot account for evidence of the dissociation in processing musical emotion and voice prosody.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)596-597
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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