The Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man by Eckart AltenmullerThe Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man by Eckart Altenmuller

The Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man

EditorEckart Altenmuller, Sabine Schmidt, Elke Zimmermann

Hardcover | February 17, 2013

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Why do we think that we can understand animal voices - such as the aggressive barking of a pet dog, and the longing meows of the family cat? Why do we think of deep voices as dominant and high voices as submissive. Are there universal principles governing our own communication system? Can weeven see how close animals are related to us by constructing an evolutionary tree based on similarities and dissimilarities in acoustic signaling?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 thecomplex 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 acomparative 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.
Prof. Dr. med. Eckart Altenmuller (b. 1955) holds a Masters degree in classical flute, and is a Medical Doctor. After clinical training as a neurologist and habilitation, he became in 1994 chairman and director of the Institute of Music Physiology and Musicians' Medicine at the University of Music, Drama, and Media in Hannover. He cont...
Title:The Evolution of Emotional Communication: From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in ManFormat:HardcoverDimensions:376 pagesPublished:February 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part A: Introductory Section1. M. Mortillaru, M. Mehu and K.R. Scherer: The evolutionary origin of multimodal synchronisation and emotional expression2. W.T. Fitch and K. Zuberbuhler: Primate precursors to human language: Beyond discontinuity3. J.P. Rauschecker: Brain networks for the encoding of emotions in communication sounds of human and nonhuman primatesPart B: Different mammalian taxa4. G. Ehret: Sound communication in house mice: Emotions in their voices and ears?5. S. Brudzynks: Vocalizations as indicators of emotional states in rats and cats6. S. Schmidt: Beyond echolocation: Emotional acoustic communication in bats7. J. Soltis: Emotional communication in African Elephants8. E. Zimmermann, L. Leliveld, and S. Schehka: Toward the evolutionary roots of affective prosody in human acoustic communication: A comparative approach to mammalian voices9. C.T. Snowdon and D. Teie: Emotional communication in monkeys: Music to their ears?Part C: Non-speech Human vocalizations10. P. Zeskind: Infant crying and the synchrony of arousal11. M. J. Owren, M. Philipp, E. Vanman, N. Trivedi, A. Schulman, and J.A. Bachorowski: Understanding spontaneous human laughter: The role of voicing in inducing positive emotion12. D. Szameitat, D. Wildgruber, and K. Alter: Vocal expression of emotions in laughterPart D: Human Prosody13. D. Grandjean and S. Fruhholz: An integrative model of brain processes for the decoding of emotional prosody14. S.A. Kotz, A.S. Hasting, and S. Paulmann: On the orbito-striatal interface in (acoustic) emotional processing15. C. Schroeder and R. Dengler: The role of dopamine in perception and expression of emotional communication in Parkinson's disease16. P.N. Juslin: Vocal affect expression: Problems and promisesPart E: Music17. I. Peretz, W. Aube, and J. Armony: Towards a neurobiology of musical emotions18. T. Fritz and S. Koelsch: Acoustically mediated emotional contagion as an across-species homology underlying music processing19. E. Altenmuller R. Kopiez, and O. Grewe: A contribution to the evolutionary basis of music: Lessons from the chill-responsePart F: Summary: Where to go?20. E. Altenmuller, S. Schmidt, and E. Zimmermann: A cross-taxa concept of emotion in acoustic communication: An ethological perspective