abstract Sonja Kotz

Sonja Kotz (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany)

The social communicative brain

Social interactions rely on verbal and non-verbal information sources and their interaction. Crucially, in such communicative interactions we can obtain information about the current emotional state of others. However, emotion expressions are not always clear cut or may be influenced by a specific situational context, learned knowledge, or individual reception. In our work on the temporal and neural correlates of emotion expressions we address a number of questions by means of ERPs, fMRI, and lesion studies.In my talk, I will focus on the following questions (1) How do we differentiate but also integrate different verbal and non-verbal emotion expressions, (2) How do cognitive demands impact the integration of emotion expressions, (3) How do we resolve interferences between verbal and non-verbal emotion expressions?