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FRIDAY, April 16, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Screams have different meanings, and you’re likely to respond quicker to screams of joy than to those of anger or fear, a new study suggests.
Previous research has largely focused on screams triggered by alarm or fear.
In this study, a team from the University of Zurich in Switzerland examined the meaning behind different human screams and identified six emotionally distinct types: pain, anger, fear, pleasure, sadness and joy.
“We were surprised by the fact that listeners responded more quickly and accurately, and with a higher neural sensitivity, to non-alarming and positive scream calls than to alarming screams,” said study leader Sascha Frühholz, a professor from the university’s Department of Psychology.
To see how people responded, the researchers had 12 volunteers produce positive and negative screams that might be triggered in various situations.
Other participants rated the screams’