Vocal Burst

Prosody is an important part of social communication in which we use vocal cues to determine the emotion in a speaker’s voice. Here, we examine prosody in vocal bursts, or nonverbal utterances. This task uses stimuli adapted from Simon-Thomas et al. (2009). Subjects listen to each stimulus and are asked to indicate how positive vs. negative the stimulus seemed and how likely they are to approach vs. avoid the person, as well as how intensely the emotion was conveyed, using a dimensional model. Stimuli convey amusement, anger, disgust, enthusiasm, fear, interest, pleasure, pride, relief, sadness, and surprise.

Total Items: 45
Completion Time: 8 minutes
Dependent Variables: Dimensional Ratings

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Simon-Thomas, E. R., Keltner, D. J., Sauter, D., Sinicropi-Yao, L., & Abramson, A. (2009). The voice conveys specific emotions: evidence from vocal burst displays. Emotion (Washington, D.C.), 9(6), 838–46. doi:10.1037/a0017810

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