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Call for abstracts: Symposium "Evolution of Emotional Communication:,From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man"

Dear all,

we would like to draw your attention to an upcomming symposium on the evolution of emotional communication, taking place from September 27 - 29, 2007 at the Hanover University for Music and Drama, Germany:

Evolution of Emotional Communication:
From Sounds in Nonhuman Mammals to Speech and Music in Man

Aims of the symposium:
A fundamental trait of the communication system of all mammals is to convey emotions. Emotions are transmitted by non-verbal acoustic communication in all mammals. In addition, humans can make use of speech and music to transmit emotions. A central and as yet unresolved question is whether there exists an underlying set of rules holding across species, governing production and perception of acoustically conveyed emotions.
This interdisciplinary symposium provides a framework for discussing ongoing research in the field of behavioral, cognitive and evolutionary neurosciences. It aims at deepening our understanding of shared and unique principles important to reconstruct evolutionary pathways for emotional communication in the acoustic domain.

Organisers of the symposium:
Prof. Elke Zimmermann and Dr Sabine Schmidt, both at the Hanover Veterinary University, and Prof. Eckart Altenmüller (Hanover University for Music and Drama.

Abstracts and Registration:
Abstract submission deadline is May 31, 2007. For details regarding registration and the scientific programme, please see our webpage at http://www.eec2007.de

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Hanover,

Michael Grossbach

Michael Grossbach
Member of the Organising Commitee of the EEC 2007
Dept. Zoology
Hanover Veterinary University
Buenteweg 17
D-30559 Hannover