Emory University Research Shows A Scream Is Worth 1,000 Words

Jul 26, 2019

Research from Emory University’s psychology department reveals the hidden intricacies of screams.

These primal vocalizations are found across various mammal species, not just humans. Rabbits, goats and even some amphibians such as frogs have been known to let out a scream in the name of self-defense.

Dr. Harold Gouzoules and students at Emory’s bioacoustics lab research the perception of screams and how social species, like humans and rhesus monkeys, communicate complex emotions without the use of language.

The goal is to determine how accurately participants in the study can identify those complex emotions when situational context is removed.

Dr. Gouzoules joined On Second Thought to share his research, and to put our ears to the scream test.

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