This module provides an introduction to major contemporary research topics around how our voice communicates information about us as individuals (e.g. age, state of mind, sex, ethnicity, origin) but also our intentions, motivations, or emotions. Applying an interdisciplinary approach, students will learn more about the power of the “social voice” and research from social and cognitive psychology as well as social and cognitive neuroscience will help form an understanding of how the voice transmits information. Students will get an insight into the range of research and methodologies used to study the how the “social voice” is perceived and produced. Relevant research of each topic will be critically analysed in the weekly seminar-style sessions.

The overall aim is to provide you with an understanding of the processes underlying human vocal communication. To this end, you are introduced to a range of research findings within the field of Voice Studies, which will enable you to understand how these complex psychological processes take place and how they may be represented in the brain. You will be expected to read both journal articles and book chapters that describe experimental studies and theoretical (re)views of topics in voice research. Attendance at seminars, effective note-taking, and well-prepared readings will be essential to successfully complete this module.

• To become familiar with processes involved in voice production, including basics about the anatomy and physiology of voice production
• To become familiar with fundamental information on cerebral processes underlying voice production and perception
• To develop a critical understanding of major areas of research within the field of The Social Voice
• To acquire effective communication skills when presenting/discussing scientific results (about the social voice)