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Evolution of Emotional CommunicationFrom Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man$
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Eckart Altenmüller, Sabine Schmidt, and Elke Zimmermann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583560

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.001.0001

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The evolutionary origin of multimodal synchronization and emotional expression

The evolutionary origin of multimodal synchronization and emotional expression

(p.3) Chapter 1 The evolutionary origin of multimodal synchronization and emotional expression
Evolution of Emotional Communication

Marcello Mortillaro

Marc Mehu

Klaus R. Scherer

Oxford University Press

Emotions are defined as dynamic episodes characterized by a high degree of coordination between several organismic subsystems in the interest of optimal adaptation to relevant events. We argue that the constitutive feature of emotions, synchronization of response channels, is linked to the evolutionary origin of emotional expressions by suggesting that it is an essential aspect of spontaneous affect expressions in animals and humans. The significance of this mechanism to the signalling function in emotional expression communication is explored. In particular, the importance of the perception of a sender’s authenticity in speech communication and music is highlighted. These theoretical notions are then exemplified with a concrete illustration from ongoing research.

Keywords:   emotion perception, emotion expression, nonverbal communication, multimodal communication, synchronization, Brunswikian lens model, musical performance, political discourse, authenticity

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