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Lateralization of emotional prosody in the brain: an overview and synopsis on the impact of study design

Kotz, SA and Meyer, M and Paulmann, S (2006) 'Lateralization of emotional prosody in the brain: an overview and synopsis on the impact of study design.' In: Anders, S and Ende, G and Junghofer, M and Kissler, J and Wildgruber, D, (eds.) Understanding Emotions. Progress in Brain Research, 156 . Elsevier, 285 - 294. ISBN 978-0-444-52182-8

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Recently, research on the lateralization of linguistic and nonlinguistic (emotional) prosody has experienced a revival. However, both neuroimaging and patient evidence do not draw a coherent picture substantiating right-hemispheric lateralization of prosody and emotional prosody in particular. The current overview summarizes positions and data on the lateralization of emotion and emotional prosodic processing in the brain and proposes that: (1) the realization of emotional prosodic processing in the brain is based on differentially lateralized subprocesses and (2) methodological factors can influence the lateralization of emotional prosody in neuroimaging investigations. Latter evidence reveals that emotional valence effects are strongly right lateralized in studies using compact blocked presentation of emotional stimuli. In contrast, data obtained from event-related studies are indicative of bilateral or left-accented lateralization of emotional prosodic valence. These findings suggest a strong interaction between language and emotional prosodic processing. © 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 18 Feb 2015 12:33
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