Identification of vocal communication of emotions across cultures

Ernst G. Beier, Alexander J. Zautra

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Constructed an audiotape containing 48 messages of 4 different lengths expressing happiness, fear, sadness, anger, indifference, and flirtation. Items were in English and ratings by 100 United States Ss had produced 60-80% agreement on ratings. The tape was presented twice to 52 United States, 55 Polish, and 54 Japanese students. The accuracy of the United States Ss did not increase with the increasing length of the messages, but that of the other 2 groups did until their accuracy was comparable with the United States group for the longest items. The most difficult items for the Japanese and Polish Ss were those expressing happiness and flirtation. Results indicate that the nonverbal vocal channel can be used to transmit intracultural information but not without some "noise." (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1972


  • audiotape with different length messages in English, identification of vocal communication of emotions, U.S.A. & Polish & Japanese students

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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