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Cross-cultural decoding of positive and negative non-linguistic emotion vocalizations
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2013 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 4, 353- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Which emotions are associated with universally recognized non-verbal signals? We address this issue by examining how reliably non-linguistic vocalizations (affect bursts) can convey emotions across cultures. Actors from India, Kenya, Singapore, and USA were instructed to produce vocalizations that would convey nine positive and nine negative emotions to listeners. The vocalizations were judged by Swedish listeners using a within-valence forced-choice procedure, where positive and negative emotions were judged in separate experiments. Results showed that listeners could recognize a wide range of positive and negative emotions with accuracy above chance. For positive emotions, we observed the highest recognition rates for relief, followed by lust, interest, serenity and positive surprise, with affection and pride receiving the lowest recognition rates. Anger, disgust, fear, sadness, and negative surprise received the highest recognition rates for negative emotions, with the lowest rates observed for guilt and shame. By way of summary, results showed that the voice can reveal both basic emotions and several positive emotions other than happiness across cultures, but self-conscious emotions such as guilt, pride, and shame seem not to be well recognized from non-linguistic vocalizations.

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2013. Vol. 4, 353- p.
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affect bursts, cross-cultural, emotion recognition, non-verbal behavior, positive emotions, vocalizations
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-97171DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00353ISI: 000331107600001OAI: diva2:676183
Available from: 2013-12-05 Created: 2013-12-05 Last updated: 2014-03-10Bibliographically approved

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