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Facial Expression and Vocal Pitch Height: Evidence of an Intermodal Association

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dc.creator Huron, David
dc.creator Dahl, Sofia
dc.creator Johnson, Randolph
dc.date.accessioned 2009-11-19T18:59:13Z
dc.date.available 2009-11-19T18:59:13Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07
dc.identifier.citation Empirical Musicology Review, v4 n3 (July 2009), 93-100 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1559-5749
dc.identifier.other EMR000074a
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1811/44530
dc.description.abstract Forty-four participants were asked to sing moderate, high, and low pitches while their faces were photographed. In a two-alternative forced choice task, independent judges selected the high-pitch faces as more friendly than the low-pitch faces. When photographs were cropped to show only the eye region, judges still rated the high-pitch faces friendlier than the low-pitch faces. These results are consistent with prior research showing that vocal pitch height is used to signal aggression (low pitch) or appeasement (high pitch). An analysis of the facial features shows a strong correlation between eyebrow position and sung pitch—consistent with the role of eyebrows in signaling aggression and appeasement. Overall, the results are consistent with an inter-modal linkage between vocal and facial expressions. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Empirical Musicology Review en_US
dc.subject pitch height en_US
dc.subject facial expression en_US
dc.subject aggression en_US
dc.subject intermodal perception en_US
dc.title Facial Expression and Vocal Pitch Height: Evidence of an Intermodal Association en_US
dc.type Article en_US