COGNITIVE NEUROSCIENCE AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGYEarly emotional prosody perception based on different speaker voicesPaulmann, Silke; Kotz, Sonja A.Author Information Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany Correspondence to Silke Paulmann, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, PO Box 500355, Leipzig, Germany 04303 Tel: +1 514 398 5106; fax: +1 514 398 8123; e-mail: Silke.Paulmann@mail.mcgill.ca Received 8 November 2007; accepted 11 November 2007 NeuroReport: January 22nd, 2008 - Volume 19 - Issue 2 - p 209-213 doi: 10.1097/WNR.0b013e3282f454db Buy SDC Metrics Abstract Decoding verbal and nonverbal emotional expressions is an important part of speech communication. Although various studies have tried to specify the brain regions that underlie different emotions conveyed in speech, few studies have aimed to specify the time course of emotional speech decoding. We used event-related potentials to determine when emotional speech is first differentiated from neutral speech. Participants engaged in an implicit emotional processing task (probe verification) while listening to emotional sentences spoken by a female and a male speaker. Independent of speaker voice, emotional sentences could be differentiated from neutral sentences as early as 200 ms after sentence onset (P200), suggesting rapid emotional decoding. © 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.