Nonlinguistic Vocal Indicators of Emotion and Psychopathology

Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (CISJ)


During the past decade evidence from cross-cultural studies of emotions has provided strong confirmation for Darwin’s century-old hypothesis that there is continuity of facial expressions in animals and human beings and that the facial expressions of certain emotions are innate and universal. Scherer’s chapter argues that the vocal expressions of certain emotions also show evolutionary continuity and universality. The adaptive advantages of vocal expression over facial expression are obvious in situations where darkness or distance would prevent social communication by way of the facial-visual system.


Facial Expression Acoustic Characteristic Vocal Tract Voice Quality Mood Induction 
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