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Petri Laukka

Associate Professor

Research interests

My main research interests are emotion and music psychology. Current research projects include: (a) individual differences in emotion recognition ability (e.g., due to age, disorders, gender, and genetic factors), (b) neural correlates of the perception and production of emotion expressions, (c) cross-cultural communication of affect in speech and music, (d) expression of affect in spontaneous vs. acted speech, and (e) functions of music in various listening situations.

Professional Background


2004 PhD in Psychology, Uppsala University
2009 Associate Professor (Docent) in Psychology, Uppsala University


1999-2004 PhD Student, Uppsala University
2005-2008 Post-doctoral Research Fellow/Research Fellow, Uppsala University
2009 Senior Lecturer, University of Gävle
2010- Research Fellow (Forskarassistent), Stockholm University

Recent Publications

Laukka, P., Neiberg, D., & Elfenbein, H. A. (in press). Evidence for cultural dialects in vocal emotion expression: Acoustic classification within and across five nations. Emotion. doi: 10.1037/a0036048

Kantrowitz, J. T., Scaramello, N., Jakubovitz, A., Lehrfeld, J. M., Laukka, P., Elfenbein, H. A., Silipo, G., & Javitt, D. C. (in press). Amusia and protolanguage impairments in schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine. doi: 10.1017/S0033291714000373

Yamasaki, T., Yamada, K., & Laukka, P. (in press). Viewing the world through the prism of music: Effects of music on perceptions of the environment. Psychology of Music. doi: 10.1177/0305735613493954

Bhatara, A., Laukka, P., & Levitin, D. J. (2014). Expression of emotion in music and vocal communication: Introduction to the research topic. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 399. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00399
(The papers in this special issue can be found here:

Laukka, P., Elfenbein, H. A., Söder, N., Nordström, H., Althoff, J., Chui, W., Iraki, F. K., Rockstuhl, T., & Thingujam, N. S. (2013). Cross-cultural decoding of positive and negative non-linguistic emotion vocalizations. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 353. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00353

Laukka, P., Eerola, T., Thingujam, N. S., Yamasaki, T., & Beller, G. (2013). Universal and culture-specific factors in the recognition and performance of musical affect expressions. Emotion, 13, 434-449. doi: 10.1037/a0031388

Laukka, P., & Quick, L. (2013). Emotional and motivational uses of music in sports and exercise: A questionnaire study among athletes. Psychology of Music, 41, 198-215. doi: 10.1177/0305735611422507

Kantrowitz, J. T., Leitman, D. I., Lehrfeld, J. M., Laukka, P., Juslin, P. N., Butler, P. D., Silipo, G., & Javitt, D. C. (2013). Reduction in tonal discriminations predicts receptive emotion processing deficits in schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 39, 86-93. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbr060

Laukka, P., & Elfenbein, H. A. (2012). Emotion appraisal dimensions can be inferred from vocal expressions. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 3, 529-536. doi: 10.1177/1948550611428011

Laukka, P., Audibert, N., & Aubergé, V. (2012). Exploring the determinants of the graded structure of vocal emotion expressions. Cognition and Emotion, 26, 710-719. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2011.602047

Thingujam, N. S., Laukka, P., & Elfenbein, H. A. (2012). Distinct emotional abilities converge: Evidence from emotion understanding and emotion recognition through the voice. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 350-354. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.02.005

Gold, R., Butler, P. D., Revheim, N., Leitman, D. I., Hansen, J. A., Gur, R. C., Kantrowitz, J. T., Laukka, P., Juslin, P. N., Silipo, G. S., & Javitt, D. C. (2012). Auditory emotion recognition impairments in schizophrenia: Relationship to acoustic features and cognition. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 424-432. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11081230

Leitman, D. I., Wolf, D. H., Laukka, P., Ragland, J. D., Valdez, J. N., Turetsky, B. I., Gur, R. E., & Gur, R. C. (2011). Not pitch perfect: Sensory contributions to affective communication impairment in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 70, 611-618. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2011.05.032

Laukka, P., Åhs, F., Furmark, T., & Fredrikson, M. (2011). Neurofunctional correlates of expressed vocal affect in social phobia. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 11, 413-425. doi: 10.3758/s13415-011-0032-3

Juslin, P. N., Liljeström, S., Laukka, P., Västfjäll, D., & Lundqvist, L.-O. (2011). Emotional reactions to music in a nationally representative sample of Swedish adults: Prevalence and causal influences. Musicae Scientiae, 15, 174-207. doi: 10.1177/1029864911401169

Neiberg, D., Laukka, P., & Elfenbein, H. A. (2011). Intra-, inter-, and cross-cultural classification of vocal affect. In Proceedings of Interspeech 2011 (pp. 1581-1584). Florence, Italy: ISCA.

Laukka, P., Neiberg, D., Forsell, M., Karlsson, I., & Elenius, K. (2011). Expression of affect in spontaneous speech: Acoustic correlates, perception, and automatic detection of irritation and resignation. Computer Speech and Language, 25, 84-104. doi: 10.1016/j.csl.2010.03.004

Neiberg, D., Laukka, P., & Ananthakrishnan, G. (2010). Classification of affect in speech using normalized time-frequency cepstra. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Speech Prosody. Chicago, IL: ISCA. Paper no. 100071.

Laukka, P., Elfenbein, H. A., Chui, W., Thingujam, N. S., Iraki, F. K., Rockstuhl, T., & Althoff, J. (2010). Presenting the VENEC corpus: Development of a cross-cultural corpus of vocal emotion expressions and a novel method of annotating emotion appraisals. In Proceedings of the LREC 2010 Workshop on Corpora for Research on Emotion and Affect (pp. 53-57). Valletta, Malta: ELRA.

Leitman, D. I., Laukka, P., Juslin, P. N., Saccente, E., Butler, P., & Javitt, D. C. (2010). Getting the cue: Sensory contributions to auditory emotion recognition impairments in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36, 545-556. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbn115

Leitman, D. I., Wolf, D. H., Ragland, J. D., Laukka, P., Loughead, J., Valdez, J. N., Javitt, D. C., Turetsky, B. I., & Gur, R. C. (2010). “It's not what you say, but how you say it”: A reciprocal temporo-frontal network for affective prosody. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 4, 19. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2010.00019


Vetenskapsrådet (Swedish Research Council)
Forskningsprogrammet Kultur i vården och vården som kultur vid Stockholms läns landsting
Sasakawa Young Leaders' Fellowship Fund

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