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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 216341, 7 pages
Research Article

Vocal Emotion of Humanoid Robots: A Study from Brain Mechanism

1Department of English, Tamkang University, New Taipei City 25137, Taiwan
2The First Affiliated Hospital, Second Military Medical University, Shanghai 200433, China
3School of Management, Fudan University, No. 220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433, China

Received 8 August 2013; Accepted 14 November 2013; Published 22 January 2014

Academic Editors: J. Shu and F. Yu

Copyright © 2014 Youhui Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Driven by rapid ongoing advances in humanoid robot, increasing attention has been shifted into the issue of emotion intelligence of AI robots to facilitate the communication between man-machines and human beings, especially for the vocal emotion in interactive system of future humanoid robots. This paper explored the brain mechanism of vocal emotion by studying previous researches and developed an experiment to observe the brain response by fMRI, to analyze vocal emotion of human beings. Findings in this paper provided a new approach to design and evaluate the vocal emotion of humanoid robots based on brain mechanism of human beings.