Emotion and the auditory brainstem response to speech

Jade Q. Wang*, Trent Nicol, Erika Skoe, Mikko Sams, Nina Kraus

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Effects of emotion have been reported as early as 20 ms after an auditory stimulus onset for negative valence, and bivalent effects between 30 and 130 ms. To understand how emotional state influences the listener's brainstem evoked responses to speech, subjects looked at emotion-evoking pictures while listening to an unchanging auditory stimulus (danny). The pictures (positive, negative, or neutral valence) were selected from the IAPS database and controlled for dominance and arousal. Utilizing an array of measurements to assess subcortical modulation, we have found that emotion does not substantially alter brainstem alter although there is a subtle effect of background noise suppression in both emotional conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalNeuroscience Letters
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 29 2010


  • Auditory brainstem response
  • EEG
  • Emotion
  • Evoked response
  • IAPS
  • Speech

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)

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