publication . Article . 2015

Syllogisms delivered in an angry voice lead to improved performance and engagement of a different neural system compared to neutral voice

Kathleen Walton Smith; Laura-Lee eBalkwill; Oshin eVartanian; Vinod eGoel; Vinod eGoel;
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  • Published: 12 May 2015 Journal: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (issn: 1662-5161, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Frontiers Media S.A.
Despite the fact that most real-world reasoning occurs in some emotional context, very little is known about the underlying behavioral and neural implications of such context. To further understand the role of emotional context in logical reasoning we scanned 15 participants with fMRI while they engaged in logical reasoning about neutral syllogisms presented through the auditory channel in a sad, angry, or neutral tone of voice. Exposure to angry voice led to improved reasoning performance compared to exposure to sad and neutral voice. A likely explanation for this effect is that exposure to expressions of anger increases selective attention toward the relevant ...
free text keywords: Anger, auditory, emotion, fMRI, reasoning, sadness, Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry, RC321-571, Neuroscience, Original Research, Syllogism, Nonverbal communication, Psychology, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Stimulus (physiology), Expression (mathematics), Logical reasoning, Cognitive psychology, Neural system
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  • Funder: Wellcome Trust (WT)
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