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date: 23 October 2019

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More often than not, emotion perception is a process guided by several sensory channels, accompanied by multimodal integration of emotional information. This process appears vital for effective social communication. This chapter provides an overview of recent studies describing the crossmodal integration of non-verbal emotional cues communicated via voices, faces, and bodies. The first parts of the chapter deal with the behavioural and neural correlates of multimodal integration in the healthy population using psychophysiological, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging measures, highlighting a network of brain areas involved in this process and discussing different methodological approaches. The final parts of the chapter, in contrast, are dedicated to the alterations of the multisensory integration of non-verbal emotional signals in states of psychiatric disease, with the main focus on schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorders.

Keywords: emotion, perception, non-verbal, multimodal, crossmodal, integration, social communication, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, psychiatric

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