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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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Vocal affect expression: Problems and promises

Vocal affect expression: Problems and promises

(p.252) Chapter 16 Vocal affect expression: Problems and promises
Evolution of Emotional Communication

Patrik N. Juslin

Oxford University Press

The voice has been regarded as ‘the mirror of the soul’, and interest in how the voice might convey emotions has increased in recent years, along with attempts to develop applications that involve speech synthesis and speech recognition. Still, the expected commercial breakthrough of these devices has not yet occurred partly because of the neglect of affect. Hence, to better understand vocal affect expression is an essential task in both basic and applied research. The aim of the present chapter is to discuss some of the promises and problems of this exciting field of research. The chapter is divided into two sections: The first offers a brief review of the ‘traditional’ approach to vocal expression. This serves to illustrate both the progress that has been made and the problems that remain. The second section considers a set of ‘key challenges’ in the field and proposes possible ways forward. The chapter concludes with a tentative agenda for future research

Keywords:   vocal expression, speech, emotion, affect, nonverbal communication, decoding

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