To understand how musical experience influences subcortical processing of emotionally salient sounds, we recorded brain stem potentials to affective vocal sounds. Our results suggest that auditory expertise engenders subcortical auditory processing efficiency that is intricately connected with acoustic features important for the communication of emotion. This establishes a subcortical role in the auditory processing of emotional cues, providing the first biological evidence for musicians' enhanced perception of vocally expressed emotion.
|Title of host publication
|International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste
|Blackwell Publishing Inc.
|Number of pages
|Published - Jul 2009
|Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
- Auditory brain stem response
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
- General Neuroscience
- History and Philosophy of Science