James McGill Professor
Associate Dean and Director, SCSD
marc [dot] pell [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
BA Linguistics/Slavic Studies, University of Ottawa
Research in the Pell Lab is motivated by the following goals: to understand how adults communicate nonverbal and nonliteral meanings in spoken language, especially those meanings which refer to a speaker's emotions, attitudes, or other social intentions while speaking; to establish how acquired diseases of the brain, such as stroke or Parkinson's disease, affect these communicative functions and related pragmatic skills; and to describe the neuro-cognitive substrates which appear to support these expressive and receptive language abilities.
We are approaching our goals through behavioural and acoustic studies of healthy adults and through neuropsychological evaluation of brain-damaged adults with suspected difficulties in emotional communicaton and pragmatic language processing. Currently, much of our research is focussed on the role of emotional prosody (i.e. voice tone) in speech communication, although related work on how adults process emotional facial expressions and certain nonliteral forms of language (e.g. sarcasm, metaphors) is also underway. (More info ....Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab)
Paulmann, S., Titone, D., & Pell, M.D. (2012). How emotional prosody guides your way: evidence from eye movements. Speech Communication, 54, 92-107.
Pell, M.D. & Kotz, S.A. (2011). On the time course of vocal emotion recognition.PLoS ONE, 6 (11): e27256.
Pell, M.D., Monetta, L.,Paulmann, S., & Kotz, S.A. (2009). Recognizing emotions in a foreign language. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 33 (2), 107-120.
Monetta, L., Grindrod, C., & Pell, M.D. (2009). Irony comprehension and theory of mind deficits in patients with Parkinson's disease. Cortex, 45 (8), 972-981.
Cheang, H.S. & Pell, M.D. (2008). The sound of sarcasm. Speech Communication, 50 (5), 366-381.
Pell, M.D. & Leonard, C.L. (2003). Processing emotional tone from speech in Parkinson’s disease: a role for the basal ganglia. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 3 (4), 275-288.