Chapter 3: Basic Emotion Theory and Social Constructivist Theory

Vocal Affect

Vocal affect change is another example of a behavior change. Basic emotions perspective states that each emotion has a unique change in vocal tone, while the social constructivist perspective views vocal affect as varying across cultures. Similarly, the basic emotions perspective would hypothesize that people should be able to identify another person’s emotion from their vocal sounds, whereas social constructivists would not accept this claim. Let’s look to research evidence from both perspectives.


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