Emotion and prosody processing


Dedicated stimulus material has been developed for use in behavioural and neuroimaging experiments and is available to the research community: the Montreal Affective Voices (link to downloads#MAV) and the Musical Emotional Bursts
Experiments measure behavioural and cerebral responses to high-quality, synthetic voices in which emotional categories and dimensions are parametrically modulated via morphing (Figure).



Dr Patricia Bestelmeyer, Dr Daniela Sammler, Dr Bruno L. Giordano, Dr Emilie Salvia, Dr Sonja Kotz, Dr Sascha Fruhholz, Dr Joachim Gross, Dr Jorge Armony, Dr Shirley Fecteau

Relevant Publications

Bestelmeyer, P.E., Kotz, S, Belin, P. (2017) Effects of emotional valence and arousal on the voice perception network. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Sammler, D., Grosbras, M.H., Anwander, A., Bestelmeyer, P.E., and Belin, P. (2015). Dorsal and Ventral Pathways for Prosody. Current biology : CB 25, 3079-3085. PDF
Salvia, E., Bestelmeyer, P.E., Kotz, S.A., Rousselet, G.A., Pernet, C.R., Gross, J., and Belin, P. (2014). Single-subject analyses of magnetoencephalographic evoked responses to the acoustic properties of affective non-verbal vocalizations. Frontiers in neuroscience 8, 422. PDF
Bestelmeyer, P.E., Maurage, P., Rouger, J., Latinus, M., and Belin, P. (2014). Adaptation to vocal expressions reveals multistep perception of auditory emotion. The Journal of neuroscience 34, 8098-8105. PDF
Paquette, S., Peretz, I., and Belin, P. (2013). The “Musical Emotional Bursts”: a validated set of musical affect bursts to investigate auditory affective processing. Frontiers in psychology 4, 509. PDF
Bestelmeyer, P.E., Rouger, J., DeBruine, L.M., and Belin, P. (2010). Auditory adaptation in vocal affect perception. Cognition 117, 217-223. PDF
Belin, P., Fillion-Bilodeau, S., and Gosselin, F. (2008). The Montreal Affective Voices: a validated set of nonverbal affect bursts for research on auditory affective processing. Behavior research methods 40, 531-539.
Fecteau, S., Belin, P., Joanette, Y., and Armony, J.L. (2007). Amygdala responses to nonlinguistic emotional vocalizations. NeuroImage 36, 480-487.