Affective Priming Effect of Music on Emotional Prosody in Williams Syndrome

dc.contributor.advisor Magne, Cyrille en_US Pridmore, Michael David en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Musicant, Alan en_US
dc.contributor.committeemember Langston, Will en_US
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US 2014-06-02T19:01:55Z 2014-06-02T19:01:55Z 2014-03-28 en_US
dc.description.abstract Williams Syndrome (WS) is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a gene deletion on chromosome 7. Among a range of deficits, the areas for language and hearing are preserved. The present study examines whether emotional music influences the neural markers of emotional processing in spoken language. In addition, WS participants are compared to age-matched controls to test the hypothesis that their phenotype leads to larger musical priming. Using a cross-modal priming task, electroencephalograph (EEG) recorded participants as they listened to musical excerpts followed by spoken pseudowords. The emotions of the music either matched or mismatched the emotions of the pseudoword. Analysis of the electrophysiological data revealed an increased N400 component for mismatching conditions in both groups. Interesting differences were also found between the two groups, both in terms of latency of the mismatch effect and sensitivity to different types of emotion. Implications for language acquisition are also discussed. en_US M.A. en_US
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.subject Affective priming en_US
dc.subject Emotion en_US
dc.subject ERP en_US
dc.subject Music en_US
dc.subject Prosody en_US
dc.subject Williams Syndrome en_US
dc.subject.umi Psychology en_US
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University en_US
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters en_US
dc.title Affective Priming Effect of Music on Emotional Prosody in Williams Syndrome en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
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