Speech Prosody 2010

Chicago, IL, USA
May 10-14, 2010

Psychoacoustic Abilities as Predictors of Vocal Emotion Recognition

Eitan Globerson (1,2), Michal Lavidor (1,3), Ofer Golan (3), Liat Kishon-Rabin (4), Noam Amir (4)

(1) Gonda Multidisciplinary Brain Research Center, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
(2) Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Israel
(3) Department of Psychology, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel
(4) Department of Communication Disorders, The Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Israel

The mechanisms underlying vocal emotion recognition (VER) have been the subject of extensive research in the last decades. Evidence supporting a linkage between the level of musical background and vocal emotion recognition abilities was indicated in several studies, while others pointed to a linkage between Theory of Mind/emotional intelligence and VER. In the current paper we highlight pitch discrimination abilities as successful predictors of VER. Our results may have a significant impact on the assessment and rehabilitation of individuals suffering from deficient VER

Index Terms: Prosody, vocal emotion recognition, psychoacoustic thresholds, gliding tone threshold

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Globerson, Eitan / Lavidor, Michal / Golan, Ofer / Kishon-Rabin, Liat / Amir, Noam (2010): "Psychoacoustic abilities as predictors of vocal emotion recognition", In SP-2010, paper 823.