Effects of pleasant and unpleasant ambient odors on human voice pitch

  • Millot J
  • Brand G
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Abstract

The perception of odors is well identified as having strong emotional correlates. It is also well known that the acoustic characteristics of the voice differ according to the emotional state. This study compared some acoustic features of the voice of 18 subjects reading the same text in pleasant (lavender) and unpleasant (pyridine) ambient odor conditions. The results revealed that the pitch of the voice was higher in the pleasant than in the unpleasant condition. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis of local and functional convergences of encoding vocal emotion and hedonic perception of odors. © 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Emotion
  • Human
  • Odor hedonics
  • Olfaction
  • Right hemisphere
  • Speech acoustics

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Authors

  • Jean Louis Millot

  • Gérard Brand

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