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Title: Functional brain imaging studies of two-person vocal interaction
Author: Jasmin, K. M.
ISNI:       0000 0004 8503 9317
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2016
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The human voice is a remarkable tool that allows people to exchange ideas and to form social bonds with each other. However very few published neuroimaging studies have studied the neural basis of social interaction involving the voice-vocal interaction. The thesis aims to fill that gap. It investigates the neural basis of live vocal interaction in two ways. First, in Chapter 3, investigate 'synchronous speaking', a highly constrained form of vocal interaction in which two (or more) people speak the same words simultaneously (e.g. chant, joint prayer, pledges and oaths). I show that synchronous speaking produces patterns of neural activity that are not observed during regular speech. Chapter 4 investigates another form of joint vocal interaction, conversation, with a particular focus on how regions of the brain function differently in in people with autism. I will show that, in autistic people, regions throughout the brain show increased correlation with each other. The nature of this correlation with respect to brain function will be discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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