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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Emotional vocalizations: Ughs and huhs

Human Larynx      (Public Domain)

During conversations, we tend to focus more upon words than upon other vocalizations.  The “ughs” and “huhs” seem to somehow detract from the message.

But what if grunts and groans are more the message than words themselves?      Researchers from McGill University are finding that these emotional vocalizations have long “played a crucial role in human survival.”

Spoken language emanates from "more recent brain systems” than emotional vocalizations.  The latter might therefore be far less subject to conscious editing than the former.

In primates, such vocalizations are “treated preferentially by the neural system over other sounds.”  In humans, angry vocalizations especially produce “ongoing brain activity.”    


Copyright January 20, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved 

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