Understanding voice perception

Br J Psychol. 2011 Nov;102(4):711-25. doi: 10.1111/j.2044-8295.2011.02041.x. Epub 2011 Jun 7.


Voices carry large amounts of socially relevant information on persons, much like 'auditory faces'. Following Bruce and Young (1986)'s seminal model of face perception, we propose that the cerebral processing of vocal information is organized in interacting but functionally dissociable pathways for processing the three main types of vocal information: speech, identity, and affect. The predictions of the 'auditory face' model of voice perception are reviewed in the light of recent clinical, psychological, and neuroimaging evidence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Auditory Perception / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Humans
  • Neuroimaging
  • Recognition, Psychology / physiology*
  • Voice*