I heard a scream, what did it mean?

I heard a scream, what did it mean?

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If someone screams, most people will run to their rescue, fearing the worst. But they may be surprised to learn that in fact the screamer got a promotion or won the lottery.

It could be equally hard to tell if someone is moaning from pain or pleasure, giving a roar of frustration or achievement, or a gasping in fright or surprise.

That’s because these emotive sounds use the same type of rough voice features called “nonlinear vocal phenomena”, according to a paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science.


Published by Cosmos.

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