The neural mechanisms underlying affective responses to sound

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How emotions are formed from auditory input is still open for debate. This Ph.D. project concerns itself with the difference between the perception and production of different acoustic stimuli and their interaction on core affect (i.e., valence and arousal) and thus on the emotional state. The first study concerned itself with acoustic feedback manipulations (i.e., sad, happy, or neutral) in a novel functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) emotion elicitation paradigm to understand how our own vocal expressions may interact with our emotional state. Behavioral analyses showed that participants self-reported valence ratings followed the emotional intentions of the acoustic manipulation. Preliminary fMRI analyses on direct comparisons between conditions suggest an increase in functional activity in brain areas related to emotion. The second part of this Ph.D. project will focus on uncovering the differences between covertly manipulated self-administered vocal feedback and perceiving auditory rhythmic stimuli. Following up on this we introduce the aspect of participation in the production of the rhythms heard and how this differs on the level of pleasure and wanting to move from solely perceiving rhythms.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date20 Jan 2023
Publication statusPublished - 20 Jan 2023
EventPhD Day 2023: Graduate School of Health - Aarhus University, Aarhus, Denmark
Duration: 20 Jan 202320 Jan 2023


ConferencePhD Day 2023
LocationAarhus University
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  • Voice
  • Emotion
  • fMRI


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