Unattended emotional intonations modulate linguistic prosody processing

Pihan, Hans; Tabert, Matthias; Assuras, Stephanie; Borod, Joan (2007). Unattended emotional intonations modulate linguistic prosody processing. Brain and language, 105(2), pp. 141-147. Orlando, Fla.: Elsevier 10.1016/j.bandl.2007.08.001

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Prosody or speech melody subserves linguistic (e.g., question intonation) and emotional functions in speech communication. Findings from lesion studies and imaging experiments suggest that, depending on function or acoustic stimulus structure, prosodic speech components are differentially processed in the right and left hemispheres. This direct current (DC) potential study investigated the linguistic processing of digitally manipulated pitch contours of sentences that carried an emotional or neutral intonation. Discrimination of linguistic prosody was better for neutral stimuli as compared to happily as well as fearfully spoken sentences. Brain activation was increased during the processing of happy sentences as compared to neutral utterances. Neither neutral nor emotional stimuli evoked lateralized processing in the left or right hemisphere, indicating bilateral mechanisms of linguistic processing for pitch direction. Acoustic stimulus analysis suggested that prosodic components related to emotional intonation, such as pitch variability, interfered with linguistic processing of pitch course direction.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology

UniBE Contributor:

Pihan, H

ISSN:

0093-934X

ISBN:

17910983

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:55

Last Modified:

08 Jun 2016 10:42

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.bandl.2007.08.001

PubMed ID:

17910983

Web of Science ID:

000256406000007

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/23487 (FactScience: 41980)

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