Tone of Voice and Mind

Tone of Voice and Mind : The connections between intonation, emotion, cognition and consciousness

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Tone of Voice and Mind is a synthesis of findings from neurophysiology (how neurons produce subjective feeling), neuropsychology (how the human cerebral hemispheres undertake complementary information-processing), intonation studies (how the emotions are encoded in the tone of voice), and music perception (how human beings hear and feel harmony). The focus is on the psychological characteristics that distinguish us from other primate species. At a neuronal level, we are just another mammalian species, but the functional specialization of the human cerebral hemispheres has resulted in three outstanding, uniquely-human talents: language, tool-usage and music. To understand how the human brain coordinates those behaviors is to understand who we are. (Series B)show more

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  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 149.9 x 221 x 17.8mm | 453.6g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Benjamins (John) North America Inc.,US
  • Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112764
  • 9781588112767

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Part I. Neuropsychology; 3. 1. Cerebral specialization; 4. 2. The central dogma of human neuropsychology; 5. 3. Musical interlude; 6. 4. The coding of human emotions; 7. 5. The brain code; 8. Part II. Consciousness and cognition; 9. 6. Synapses and action potentials; 10. 7. Synchronization; 11. 8. A bilateral neural network simulation; 12. 9. Conclusions; 13. Appendix 1: Musical emotions; 14. Appendix 2: Calculating harmoniousness; 15. References; 16. Indexshow more

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