Researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, have identified spatial signatures of emotion in the primary auditory cortex (temporal lobes at the side of the brain responsible helping to decode the sensation of sound). This area reacts more strongly to anger, joy, relief, and sadness than to neutrality. These findings may help researchers to better understand conditions such as Schizophrenia, Autism, and even depression, since reading emotions is critical to good social skills. (Fisher, Helen. Emotional Speech Leaves Signature on the Brain. NewScientist, 2009.)

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