Research Article: Common Premotor Regions for the Perception and Production of Prosody and Correlations with Empathy and Prosodic Ability

Date Published: January 20, 2010

Publisher: Public Library of Science

Author(s): Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, Tong Sheng, Anahita Gheytanchi, André Aleman. http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0008759

Abstract: Prosody, the melody and intonation of speech, involves the rhythm, rate, pitch and voice quality to relay linguistic and emotional information from one individual to another. A significant component of human social communication depends upon interpreting and responding to another person’s prosodic tone as well as one’s own ability to produce prosodic speech. However there has been little work on whether the perception and production of prosody share common neural processes, and if so, how these might correlate with individual differences in social ability.

Partial Text: Prosody, the melody and intonation of speech, involves the rhythm, rate, pitch and voice quality to relay linguistic and emotional information from one individual to another. A significant component of human social communication depends upon interpreting and responding to another person’s prosodic tone as well as one’s own ability to produce prosodic speech. However there has been little work on whether the perception and production of prosody share common neural processes, and if so, how these might correlate with individual differences in social ability.

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http://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0008759

 

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