ERIC Number: EJ789326
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
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An ERP Investigation on the Temporal Dynamics of Emotional Prosody and Emotional Semantics in Pseudo- and Lexical-Sentence Context
Paulmann, Silke; Kotz, Sonja A.
Brain and Language, v105 n1 p59-69 Apr 2008
Previous evidence supports differential event-related brain potential (ERP) responses for emotional prosodic processing and integrative emotional prosodic/semantic processing. While latter process elicits a negativity similar to the well-known N400 component, transitions in emotional prosodic processing elicit a positivity. To further substantiate this evidence, the current investigation utilized lexical-sentences and sentences without lexical content (pseudo-sentences) spoken in six basic emotions by a female and a male speaker. Results indicate that emotional prosodic expectancy violations elicit a right-lateralized positive-going ERP component independent of basic emotional prosodies and speaker voice. In addition, expectancy violations of integrative emotional prosody/semantics elicit a negativity with a whole-head distribution. The current results nicely complement previous evidence, and extend the results by showing the respective effects for a wider range of emotional prosodies independent of lexical content and speaker voice.
Descriptors: Sentences, Diagnostic Tests, Semantics, Affective Behavior, Emotional Response, Cognitive Processes, Brain Hemisphere Functions
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