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Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man

Eckart Altenmüller, Sabine Schmidt, and Elke Zimmermann


Why do we believe to understand animal voices such as whining or aggressive barking of our dogs, the longing meows of our cats? Why do we frequently assess deep voices as dominant and high voices as submissive. Are there universal principles governing our own communication system? Can we even see how close animals are related to us by constructing an evolutionary tree based on similarities and dissimilarities in acoustic signaling? Research on the role of emotions in acoustic communication and its evolution was neglected for a long time. When we infect others with our laugh, soothe a crying ba ... More

Keywords: evolution, emotion, ethology, acoustic communication, cross-taxa comparison, universals

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199583560.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eckart Altenmüller, editor
Full Professor, University of Music, Drama and Media, Germany

Sabine Schmidt, editor
Hochschuldozentin, Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Center for Systems Neuroscience, Germany

Elke Zimmermann, editor
Professor, Institute of Zoology, University of Veterinary Medicine and Center for Systems Neuroscience, Germany

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Part A Introductory Section

Part B Different Mammalian Taxa

Part C Nonspeech Human Vocalizations

Chapter 11 Understanding spontaneous human laughter: The role of voicing in inducing positive emotion

Michael J. Owren, Michael Philipp, Eric Vanman, Niyati Trivedi, Allison Schulman, and Jo-Anne Bachorowski

Chapter 12 Vocal expression of emotions in laughter

Diana P. Szameitat, Dirk Wildgruber, and Kai Alter

Part D Human Prosody

Chapter 14 On the orbito-striatal interface in (acoustic) emotional processing

Sonja A. Kotz, Anna S. Hasting, and Silke Paulmann

Part E Music

Chapter 17 Toward a neurobiology of musical emotions

Isabelle Peretz, William Aubé, and Jorge L. Armony

Part F Summary: Where to go?