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Infants' electric brain responses to emotional prosody.
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PMID:  16237335     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In the current study, we examined 7-month-old infants' processing of emotional prosody using event-related brain potentials. Infants heard semantically neutral words that were spoken with either a happy, angry, or neutral voice. The event-related brain potential data revealed that angry prosody elicited a more negative response in infants' event-related potentials than did happy or neutral prosody, suggesting greater allocation of attention to angry prosody. A positive slow wave was elicited by angry and happy prosody over temporal electrode sites. This indicates an enhanced sensory processing of the emotionally loaded stimuli (happy and angry). The current findings demonstrate that very early in development, the human brain detects emotionally loaded words and shows differential attentional responses depending on their emotional valence.
Tobias Grossmann; Tricia Striano; Angela D Friederici
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroreport     Volume:  16     ISSN:  0959-4965     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuroreport     Publication Date:  2005 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-20     Completed Date:  2006-02-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9100935     Medline TA:  Neuroreport     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1825-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany.
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MeSH Terms
Acoustic Stimulation / methods
Brain / physiology*
Brain Mapping
Contingent Negative Variation / physiology
Electroencephalography / methods
Emotions / physiology*
Evoked Potentials / physiology*
Reaction Time
Speech Perception / physiology*

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