The voices of seduction: Cross-gender effects in processing of erotic prosody

Thomas Ethofer, Sarah Wiethoff, Silke Anders, Benjamin Kreifelts, Wolfgang Grodd, Dirk Wildgruber*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Gender specific differences in cognitive functions have been widely discussed. Considering social cognition such as emotion perception conveyed by non-verbal cues, generally a female advantage is assumed. In the present study, however, we revealed a cross-gender interaction with increasing responses to the voice of opposite sex in male and female subjects. This effect was confined to erotic tone of speech in behavioural data and haemodynamic responses within voice sensitive brain areas (right middle superior temporal gyrus). The observed response pattern, thus, indicates a particular sensitivity to emotional voices that have a high behavioural relevance for the listener.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)334-337
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 01.12.2007

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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