Differences Of Emotions In Speech

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The purpose of this research study was to record newborns responses to speech both in their native and nonnative languages and see their responses to emotions. They were interested in testing the finding that had been found by previous researchers that infants do not have the capacity to perceive emotion until a few weeks after they are born. The researchers formulated the hypothesis that newborns differentiate between the emotional characteristics of speech and that this phenomenon is based partly on the newborns experience prenatally. They were focused on the prosodic aspects of speech, such as frequency, intensity and rhythm, over the newborns ability to detect phonemes. They were interested in building upon previous research on the factors …show more content…
They also found that there are different physiologically changes within the infants as they hear the different vocal emotions in their mother’s native language. When the infants are exposed to happy expressions their eyes tend to open or remain open if they were already open before. Sad vocal expressions were associated with mouthing …show more content…
The authors would argue that nurture is important in this specific situation. The researchers formulated the hypothesis that newborns differentiate between the emotional characteristics of speech and that this phenomenon is based partly on the newborns experience prenatally. Experience is the key word here. The authors argue that based on the results of the study it is strongly suggested that learning in the fetal period has an impact on responsiveness to emotional speech, and that this ability exists within hours of the newborn infant’s birth. One of the weaknesses of this study is that the researchers did not really consider the bilingual aspect or results of this study and how that impacts emotional differentiation within the infants whose mother’s speak more than one language. It would have been interesting to compare those infant’s responses based on which language that they were hearing. One strength of the study was that the researchers tried to make the groups equally distributed, and it seems like the connections between their hypothesis and the data they collected were

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