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How Psychological Stress Affects Emotional Prosody

Paulmann, S and Furnes, D and Bøkenes, AM and Cozzolino, PJ (2016) 'How Psychological Stress Affects Emotional Prosody.' PLoS ONE, 11 (11). ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

We explored how experimentally induced psychological stress affects the production and recognition of vocal emotions. In Study 1a, we demonstrate that sentences spoken by stressed speakers are judged by naive listeners as sounding more stressed than sentences uttered by non-stressed speakers. In Study 1b, negative emotions produced by stressed speakers are generally less well recognized than the same emotions produced by non-stressed speakers. Multiple mediation analyses suggest this poorer recognition of negative stimuli was due to a mismatch between the variation of volume voiced by speakers and the range of volume expected by listeners. Together, this suggests that the stress level of the speaker affects judgments made by the receiver. In Study 2, we demonstrate that participants who were induced with a feeling of stress before carrying out an emotional prosody recognition task performed worse than non-stressed participants. Overall, findings suggest detrimental effects of induced stress on interpersonal sensitivity.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 13:33
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2018 11:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/17879

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