Peripheral responses to attended and unattended angry prosody: A dichotic listening paradigm

Authors

  • Tatjana Aue,

    1. Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
    2. Laboratory for Neurology and Imaging of Cognition, Department of Neurosciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Caroline Cuny,

    1. Grenoble Ecole de Management, Grenoble, France
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  • David Sander,

    1. Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
    2. Laboratory for the Study of Emotion Elicitation and Expression (E3 Lab), Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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  • Didier Grandjean

    1. Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
    2. Neuroscience of Emotion and Affective Dynamics Lab (NEAD), Department of Psychology, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland
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Address correspondence to: Tatjana Aue, Swiss Center for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, 7, rue des Battoirs, 1205 Geneva, Switzerland. E-mail: tatjana.aue@unige.ch

Abstract

We investigated the effects of angry prosody, varying focus of attention, and laterality of presentation of angry prosody on peripheral nervous system activity. Participants paid attention to either their left or their right ear while performing a sex discrimination task on dichotically presented pseudo-words. These pseudo-words were characterized by either angry or neutral prosody and presented stereophonically (anger/neutral, neutral/anger, or neutral/neutral, for the left/right ear, respectively). Reaction times and physiological responses (heart period, skin conductance, finger and forehead temperature) in this study were differentially sensitive to the effects of anger versus neutral prosody, varying focus of attention, and laterality of presentation of angry prosody.

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