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Cross-cultural emotional prosody recognition: Evidence from Chinese and British listeners

Paulmann, S and Uskul, AK (2014) 'Cross-cultural emotional prosody recognition: Evidence from Chinese and British listeners.' Cognition and Emotion, 28 (2). 230 - 244. ISSN 0269-9931

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Abstract

This cross-cultural study of emotional tone of voice recognition tests the in-group advantage hypothesis (Elfenbein & Ambady, 2002) employing a quasi-balanced design. Individuals of Chinese and British background were asked to recognise pseudosentences produced by Chinese and British native speakers, displaying one of seven emotions (anger, disgust, fear, happy, neutral tone of voice, sad, and surprise). Findings reveal that emotional displays were recognised at rates higher than predicted by chance; however, members of each cultural group were more accurate in recognising the displays communicated by a member of their own cultural group than a member of the other cultural group. Moreover, the evaluation of error matrices indicates that both culture groups relied on similar mechanism when recognising emotional displays from the voice. Overall, the study reveals evidence for both universal and culture-specific principles in vocal emotion recognition. © 2013 © 2013 Taylor & Francis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
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Date Deposited: 15 May 2014 13:15
Last Modified: 23 Jan 2019 05:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/9325

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