- Impact of Culture on the Development of Multisensory Emotion Perception
- AVSP 2017
- Book/source title
- Proceedings : The 14th International Conference on Auditory-Visual Speech Processing (AVSP2017)
- Book/source subtitle
- August 25-26, 2017, Stockholm, Sweden
- Number of pages
- Stockholm: KTH
- Document type
- Conference contribution
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Recent studies have demonstrated that multisensory emotion perception is modulated by culture. Tanaka et al. (2010) showed that Japanese people are more tuned than Dutch people to vocal processing in adults. The present study investigated how such a cultural difference develops in children aged 5-12 years. In the experiment, a face and a voice, expressing either congruent or incongruent emotions, were presented simultaneously on each trial. Participants judged whether the person is happy or angry. The results showed that the rate of vocal responses was higher in Japanese than Dutch in adults, especially when in-group speakers expressed a happy face with an angry voice. The rate of vocal responses was low in both Japanese and Dutch 5-6-year-olds, while it increased over age only in Japanese participants. These results suggest that combinations of facial and vocal emotions have specific meanings and that culture-specific multisensory display rules are acquired with age in childhood.
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