Computational Linguistics Colloquium
Thursday, 9 June 2011, 16:15
Emotions in the voice - the roles of acoustics, culture and learning in non-verbal vocalisations
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
In this talk I will outline a series of studies into non-verbal vocalisations of emotions - sounds like laughter, sighs, and screams. These studies examine whether non-verbal vocalizations do reliably communicate emotions, what acoustic cues listeners rely on to infer emotional states, and how culture affects the processing of these sounds. Finally, I will discuss an ongoing study of the sounds produced by congenitally deaf individuals which investigates whether auditory learning is necessary to develop recognizable emotional vocalisations.
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