The Evolution of Emotional Communication
From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man
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Research on the role of emotions in acoustic communication and its evolution has often been neglected, despite its obvious role in our daily life. When we infect others with our laugh, soothe a crying baby with a lullaby, or get goose bumps listening to classical music, we are barely aware of the complex processes upon which this behavior is based. It is not facial expressions or body language that are affecting us, but sound. They are present in music and speech as "emotional prosody" and
allow us to communicate not only verbally but also emotionally.
This groundbreaking book presents a thorough exploration into how acoustically conveyed emotions are generated and processed in both animals and man. It is the first volume to bridge the gap between research in the acoustic communication of emotions in humans with those in animals, using a comparative approach. With the communication of emotions being an important research topic for a range of scientific fields, this book is valuable for those in the fields of animal behaviour, anthropology,
evolutionary biology, human psychology, linguistics, musicology, and neurology.
PART A: INTRODUCTORY SECTION; PART B: DIFFERENT MAMMALIAN TAXA; PART C: NON-SPEECH HUMAN VOCALIZATIONS; PART D: HUMAN PROSODY; PART E: MUSIC; PART F: SUMMARY: WHERE TO GO?
learning. Since 2005 he is President of the German Society of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine and Member of the Goettingen Academy of Sciences.
Privatdozent Dr. rer nat. Sabine Schmidt is an experimental behavioural and sensory biologist and Head of the Sensory Biology group of the Institute of Zoology at the University of Veterinary Medicine and the Centre for Systems Neuroscience in Hannover, Germany. Her main research interests cover behavioural ecology and psychoacoustics, with special emphasis on echolocation and acoustic communication in bats.
Prof. Dr. rer nat. Elke Zimmermann is an experimental behavioural and evolutionary biologist and Director of the Institute of Zoology and Professor at the University of Veterinary Medicine and the Center for Systems Neuroscience in Hannover, Germany. Her main research interests cover patterns, processes and mechanisms of primate adaptation, speciation and evolution, with special emphasis to the evolution of communication and cognition. She is spokesperson of the DFG-funded interdisciplinary
Research Unit Acoustic communication of emotions in humans and nonhuman mammals.