Thinking the voice: neural correlates of voice perception.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Trends Cogn Sci, Volume 8, Issue 3, p.129-35 (2004)


Auditory Perception, Brain Mapping, Cerebral Cortex, Concept Formation, Humans, Image Processing, Computer-Assisted, Imaging, Three-Dimensional, Interpersonal Relations, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Positron-Emission Tomography, Sound Spectrography, Speech Acoustics, Speech Perception, Voice


<p>The human voice is the carrier of speech, but also an "auditory face" that conveys important affective and identity information. Little is known about the neural bases of our abilities to perceive such paralinguistic information in voice. Results from recent neuroimaging studies suggest that the different types of vocal information could be processed in partially dissociated functional pathways, and support a neurocognitive model of voice perception largely similar to that proposed for face perception.</p>

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