Processing of affective sounds: Interaction between auditory and emotion processing neural networks.
Sounds are used to convey meaning and emotion. Functional MRI studies have shed new light on how we process the emotional valence of sounds, especially non-speech sounds. In this talk, I will review studies from our lab and other labs about how the limbic network subserves the emotional processing of sounds, especially the nodes of amygdala, the insula and the parahippocampal gyrus. Such processing is altered in conditions of hearing loss or tinnitus ('ringing in the ears').