Speech Prosody 2002

Aix-en-Provence, France
April 11-13, 2002

Surveying Emotional Prosody in the Brain

Marc D. Pell

McGill University, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Montréal, Canada

Research has long supported a pivotal right hemisphere contribution to the decoding of emotional prosody, although a broader network of cortical and subcortical structures is now thought to support different components of this functional system during input processing. This paper highlights important work implicating the basal ganglia in emotional prosody decoding, especially in reinforcing key affective stimulus properties necessary for higher-order interpretative processes. The role of the right hemisphere in elaborating emotional-prosodic stimuli is then considered in reference to presumed ‘functional’ and ‘auditory-perceptual’ capacities of constituent regions. A broader description of the right hemisphere’s jurisdiction in social-emotive behaviour is advocated to advance future work in this area, and a new paradigm to tap on-line comprehension of emotional prosody in clinical populations is described.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Pell, Marc D. (2002): "Surveying emotional prosody in the brain", In SP-2002, 77-82.