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Perceiving verbal and vocal emotions in a second language.
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PMID:  21432625     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Emotional inferences from speech require the integration of verbal and vocal emotional expressions. We asked whether this integration is comparable when listeners are exposed to their native language and when they listen to a language learned later in life. To this end, we presented native and non-native listeners with positive, neutral and negative words that were spoken with a happy, neutral or sad tone of voice. In two separate tasks, participants judged word valence and ignored tone of voice or judged emotional tone of voice and ignored word valence. While native listeners outperformed non-native listeners in the word valence task, performance was comparable in the voice task. More importantly, both native and non-native listeners responded faster and more accurately when verbal and vocal emotional expressions were congruent as compared to when they were incongruent. Given that the size of the latter effect did not differ as a function of language proficiency, one can conclude that the integration of verbal and vocal emotional expressions occurs as readily in one's second language as it does in one's native language.
Chua Shi Min; Annett Schirmer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognition & emotion     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1464-0600     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-24     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8710375     Medline TA:  Cogn Emot     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-17     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Psychology, National University of Singapore, Singapore.
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