Recognition and cortical haemodynamics of vocal emotions-an fNIRS perspective

Ryssa Evelyn Moffat

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Abstract

Normal-hearing listeners rely heavily on variations in the fundamental frequency (F0) of speech to identify vocal emotions. Without reliable F0 cues, as is the case for cochlear implant users, listeners’ ability to extract emotional meaning from speech is reduced. This thesis describes the development of an objective measure of vocal emotion recognition. The program of three experiments investigates: 1) NH listeners’ abilities to use F0, intensity, and speech-rate cues to recognise emotions; 2) cortical activity associated with individual vocal emotions assessed using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS); 3) cortical activity evoked by vocal emotions in natural speech and in speech with uninformative F0 using fNIRS.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Baskent, Deniz, Supervisor
  • McAlpine, D., Supervisor, External person
  • van Yper, L. , Co-supervisor, External person
  • Luke, R. , Co-supervisor, External person
Award date2-Jun-2022
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Publisher
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Keywords

  • PROSODIC CUES
  • PROSODIC PERCEPTION
  • fNIRS
  • functional near-infrared spectroscopy
  • Vocal emotion recognition

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