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The Voice of Anger: Oscillatory EEG Responses to Emotional Prosody
Authordel Giudice, Renata ; Blume, Christine ; Wislowska, Malgorzata ; Wielek, Tomasz ; Heib, Dominik P. J. ; Schabus, Manuel
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PLoS ONE, 2016, Vol. 11, Issue 7, page e0159429
Published2016
LanguageEnglish
Document typeJournal Article
Keywords (EN)Attention; Electroencephalography; Scalp; Topographic maps; Consciousness; Long-term memory; Working memory; Sleep
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubs:3-4103 Persistent Identifier (URN)
DOI10.1371/journal.pone.0159429 
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Emotionally relevant stimuli and in particular anger are, due to their evolutionary relevance, often processed automatically and able to modulate attention independent of conscious access. Here, we tested whether attention allocation is enhanced when auditory stimuli are uttered by an angry voice. We recorded EEG and presented healthy individuals with a passive condition where unfamiliar names as well as the subjects own name were spoken both with an angry and neutral prosody. The active condition instead, required participants to actively count one of the presented (angry) names. Results revealed that in the passive condition the angry prosody only elicited slightly stronger delta synchronization as compared to a neutral voice. In the active condition the attended (angry) target was related to enhanced delta/theta synchronization as well as alpha desynchronization suggesting enhanced allocation of attention and utilization of working memory resources. Altogether, the current results are in line with previous findings and highlight that attention orientation can be systematically related to specific oscillatory brain responses. Potential applications include assessment of non-communicative clinical groups such as post-comatose patients.

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