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Face and voice perception: understanding commonalities and differences


Young, Andrew W; Frühholz, Sascha; Schweinberger, Stefan Robert (2020). Face and voice perception: understanding commonalities and differences. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 24(5):398-410.

Abstract

Faces and voices are of high importance in interpersonal communication, and there are notable parallels between face and voice perception. However, these parallels do not sit entirely comfortably with the full range of available evidence. In this review, we evaluate parallels between the functional and neural organisation of face and voice perception, while locating these in the context of ways in which faces and voices also differ. We take the discussion to the next level by asking why these commonalities and differences exist. A novel synthesis is offered, grounded in the interaction between intrinsic characteristics of faces and voices and the demands of everyday life, showing how the pattern of findings reflects a system that can respond optimally to different everyday demands.

Abstract

Faces and voices are of high importance in interpersonal communication, and there are notable parallels between face and voice perception. However, these parallels do not sit entirely comfortably with the full range of available evidence. In this review, we evaluate parallels between the functional and neural organisation of face and voice perception, while locating these in the context of ways in which faces and voices also differ. We take the discussion to the next level by asking why these commonalities and differences exist. A novel synthesis is offered, grounded in the interaction between intrinsic characteristics of faces and voices and the demands of everyday life, showing how the pattern of findings reflects a system that can respond optimally to different everyday demands.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
Social Sciences & Humanities > Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
Life Sciences > Cognitive Neuroscience
Language:English
Date:May 2020
Deposited On:10 Nov 2020 17:28
Last Modified:23 Apr 2024 01:45
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:1364-6613
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2020.02.001
PubMed ID:32298625
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