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Acoustic correlates of emotional dimensions in laughter: Arousal, dominance, and valence

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Although laughter plays an essential part in emotional vocal communication, little is known about the acoustical correlates that encode different emotional dimensions. In this study we examined the acoustical structure of laughter sounds differing along four emotional dimensions: arousal, dominance, sender's valence, and receiver-directed valence. Correlation of 43 acoustic parameters with individual emotional dimensions revealed that each emotional dimension was associated with a number of vocal cues. Common patterns of cues were found with emotional expression in speech, supporting the hypothesis of a common underlying mechanism for the vocal expression of emotions.

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Author(s): Szameitat DP, Darwin CJ, Wildgruber D, Alter K, Szameitat AJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Cognition & Emotion

Year: 2011

Volume: 25

Issue: 4

Pages: 599-611

Print publication date: 05/10/2011

ISSN (print): 0269-9931

ISSN (electronic): 1464-0600

Publisher: Psychology Press


DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2010.508624


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