Impact of Culture on the Development of Multisensory Emotion Perception

Misako Kawahara, Disa Sauter, Akihiro Tanaka


Recent studies have demonstrated that multisensory emotion perception is modulated by culture. Tanaka et al. (2010) showed that Japanese people are more tuned than Dutch people to vocal processing in adults. The present study investigated how such a cultural difference develops in children aged 5-12 years. In the experiment, a face and a voice, expressing either congruent or incongruent emotions, were presented simultaneously on each trial. Participants judged whether the person is happy or angry. The results showed that the rate of vocal responses was higher in Japanese than Dutch in adults, especially when in-group speakers expressed a happy face with an angry voice. The rate of vocal responses was low in both Japanese and Dutch 5-6- year-olds, while it increased over age only in Japanese participants. These results suggest that combinations of facial and vocal emotions have specific meanings and that culture- specific multisensory display rules are acquired with age in childhood.


 DOI: 10.21437/AVSP.2017-21

Cite as: Kawahara, M., Sauter, D., Tanaka, A. (2017) Impact of Culture on the Development of Multisensory Emotion Perception. Proc. The 14th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing, 109-114, DOI: 10.21437/AVSP.2017-21.


@inproceedings{Kawahara2017,
  author={Misako Kawahara and Disa Sauter and Akihiro Tanaka},
  title={ Impact of Culture on the Development of Multisensory Emotion Perception},
  year=2017,
  booktitle={Proc. The 14th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing},
  pages={109--114},
  doi={10.21437/AVSP.2017-21},
  url={http://dx.doi.org/10.21437/AVSP.2017-21}
}