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  The representational dynamics of perceived voice emotions evolve from categories to dimensions

Giordano, B. L., Whiting, C., Kriegeskorte, N., Kotz, S. A., Gross, J., & Belin, P. (2021). The representational dynamics of perceived voice emotions evolve from categories to dimensions. Nature Human Behaviour, 5(9), 1203-1213. doi:10.1038/s41562-021-01073-0.

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Giordano, Bruno L.1, 2, Author
Whiting, Caroline2, Author
Kriegeskorte, Nikolaus3, Author
Kotz, Sonja A.4, 5, Author           
Gross, Joachim2, 6, Author
Belin, Pascal1, 7, Author
1Institut des Neurosciences de la Timone, Aix-Marseille Université, France, ou_persistent22              
2Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, ou_persistent22              
3Zuckerman Mind Brain Behavior Institute, Columbia University in the City of New York, NY, USA, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Neuropsychology and Psychopharmacology, Maastricht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              
5Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
6Institute for Biomagnetism and Biosignal Analysis, Münster University, Germany, ou_persistent22              
7Department of Psychology, University of Montréal, QC, Canada, ou_persistent22              


Free keywords: Human behaviour; Limbic system
 Abstract: Long-standing affective science theories conceive the perception of emotional stimuli either as discrete categories (for example, an angry voice) or continuous dimensional attributes (for example, an intense and negative vocal emotion). Which position provides a better account is still widely debated. Here we contrast the positions to account for acoustics-independent perceptual and cerebral representational geometry of perceived voice emotions. We combined multimodal imaging of the cerebral response to heard vocal stimuli (using functional magnetic resonance imaging and magneto-encephalography) with post-scanning behavioural assessment of voice emotion perception. By using representational similarity analysis, we find that categories prevail in perceptual and early (less than 200 ms) frontotemporal cerebral representational geometries and that dimensions impinge predominantly on a later limbic–temporal network (at 240 ms and after 500 ms). These results reconcile the two opposing views by reframing the perception of emotions as the interplay of cerebral networks with different representational dynamics that emphasize either categories or dimensions.


Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2020-02-062021-02-082021-03-112021-09
 Publication Status: Issued
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1038/s41562-021-01073-0
Other: epub 2021
PMID: 33707658
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Funding organization : UK Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
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Funding organization : French Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale
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Title: Nature Human Behaviour
Source Genre: Journal
Publ. Info: London : Nature Research
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 5 (9) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 1203 - 1213 Identifier: ISSN: 2397-3374
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/2397-3374