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Title: Multimodal processing of emotional information in 9-month-old infants I: Emotional faces and voices
Authors: Otte, R. A.
Donkers, F. C. L.
BRAEKEN, Marijke
Van den Bergh, B. R. H.
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: BRAIN AND COGNITION, 95, p. 99-106
Abstract: Making sense of emotions manifesting in human voice is an important social skill which is influenced by emotions in other modalities, such as that of the corresponding face. Although processing emotional information from voices and faces simultaneously has been studied in adults, little is known about the neural mechanisms underlying the development of this ability in infancy. Here we investigated multimodal processing of fearful and happy face/voice pairs using event-related potential (ERP) measures in a group of 84 9-month-olds. Infants were presented with emotional vocalisations (fearful/happy) preceded by the same or a different facial expression (fearful/happy). The ERP data revealed that the processing of emotional information appearing in human voice was modulated by the emotional expression appearing on the corresponding face: Infants responded with larger auditory ERPs after fearful compared to happy facial primes. This finding suggests that infants dedicate more processing capacities to potentially threatening than to non-threatening stimuli. (C) 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Notes: [Otte, R. A.; Donkers, F. C. L.; Braeken, M. A. K. A.; Van den Bergh, B. R. H.] Tilburg Univ, Dept Psychol, NL-5000 LE Tilburg, Netherlands. [Donkers, F. C. L.] Univ N Carolina, Dept Psychiat, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 USA. [Donkers, F. C. L.] Maastricht Univ, Dept Cognit Neurosci, NL-6229 EV Maastricht, Netherlands. [Braeken, M. A. K. A.] Hasselt Univ, Fac Med & Life Sci, B-3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium. [Van den Bergh, B. R. H.] Katholieke Univ Leuven, Dept Psychol, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium. [Van den Bergh, B. R. H.] Flemish Govt, Dept Wellbeing Hlth & Family, B-1030 Brussels, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18857
DOI: 10.1016/j.bandc.2014.09.007
ISI #: 000352922400011
ISSN: 0278-2626
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2016
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