An ERP investigation on the temporal dynamics of emotional prosody and emotional semantics in pseudo- and lexical-sentence context

Silke Paulmann, Sonja A. Kotz

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    Abstract

    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. © 2007 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)59-69
    Number of pages10
    JournalBrain and Language
    Volume105
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008

    Keywords

    • Emotional prosody
    • Emotional semantics
    • ERPs
    • Integration

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