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Sobs and Growls Come Across In Any Language

Posted by Keth January 28, 2010 in the Group General Discussion .

Tags: negative emotions, non verbal sounds

Sobs and Growls Come Across In Any Language


Interesting research By Dr  Disa Sauter from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Netherlands has looked at whether emotions expressed using non verbal sounds can be easily recognized  across different cultures. She finds that negative emotions are recognized but positive emotions are not, with the only exception being laughter.

Could this have use in second language learning? Dialogues  that emphasized negative emotions being more easily assimilated and remembered than happy situations.

BBC Radio 4 Material World 28th Jan 2010.

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