Faculty

Greg Bryant

Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Contact Information

Email    GABRYANT@UCLA.EDU
Office  2331 Rolfe Hall
Phone  310-825-5984
I am a cognitive scientist interested broadly in the evolution of communication and social behavior.

In my interdisciplinary research, I investigate the many ways that acoustic structure in speech is shaped by communicative goals. I have examined a variety of vocal phenomena across diverse cultures including infant-directed speech, vocal emotion, laughter, and perceptions of physical strength. I have also studied female vocal attractiveness across the ovulatory cycle, how people use vocal signals to communicate pragmatically relevant information, and the production and perception of music.

My empirical interest in the voice began during my graduate training as an experimental psycholinguist with studies of how people use prosodic (i.e., pitch, loudness, and rhythm) signals to communicate indirect meanings such as verbal irony. I then completed a post doctoral fellowship in the UCLA Center for Culture, Brain, and Development and specialized in cross-cultural voice perception. My research incorporates concepts and methods from cognitive psychology, speech science, biological anthropology, applied linguistics, and evolutionary biology. In my lab we do acoustic analyses of speech, perception and psychophysiology experiments, and design cross-cultural field studies. 

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Degrees

Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

M.S., Cognitive Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz

B.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University

Publications

Bryant, G. A., Fessler, D. M. T., Fusaroli, R., et al. (2016). Detecting affiliation in co-laughter across 24 societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Broesch, T., & Bryant, G. A. (2015). Prosody in infant-directed speech is similar across western and traditional cultures. Journal of Cognition and Development, 16(1), 31-43.

Bryant, G. A., & Aktipis, C. A. (2014). The animal nature of spontaneous human laughter. Evolution and Human Behavior, 35(4), 327-335.

Manson, J. E., Bryant, G. A., Gervais, M., & Kline, M. (2013). Convergence of speech rate in  conversation predicts cooperation. Evolution and Human Behavior, 34(6), 419-426.

Bryant, G. A. (2013). Animal signals and emotion in music: Coordinating affect across groups. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, 990, 1-13.

Blumstein, D., Bryant, G. A., & Kaye, P. (2012). The sound of arousal in music is context dependent. Biology Letters, 8, 744-747.

Bryant, G. A., & Haselton, M. G. (2009). Vocal cues of ovulation in human females. Biology Letters, 5(1), 12-15.

Gibbs, R. W., & Bryant, G. A. (2008). Striving for optimal relevance when answering questions. Cognition, 106(1), 345-369.

Bryant, G. A., & Barrett, H. C. (2007). Recognizing intentions in infant directed speech: Evidence for universals. Psychological Science, 18(8), 746-751.

Fields of Study

Vocal communication, cross-cultural vocal production and perception, voice acoustics, pragmatics, music cognition, evolutionary psychology.

Current Courses by Term

2016 Fall Quarter

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

Previous Courses by Term

2015 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Communication Theory

Current Issues in Vocal Communication

2014 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2014 Summer Session

Group Communication

2014 Winter Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2013 Summer Session

Group Communication

2013 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

Current Issues in Vocal Communication

Group Communication

2012 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2011 Fall Quarter

Current Issues in Vocal Communication

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2011 Summer Session

Group Communication

2011 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Evolution and Communication

Group Communication

2010 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2010 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Evolution and Communication

Group Communication

2009 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2009 Winter Quarter

Current Problems in Evolution and Communication

Group Communication

2008 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2008 Winter Quarter

Group Communication

2007 Fall Quarter

Language and Music

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2007 Spring Quarter

Animal Communication

2007 Winter Quarter

Principles and Types of Group Communication

2006 Fall Quarter

Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

Previous Courses by Course

COMM ST 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2015 Spring Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 112
Current Issues in Vocal Communication

2015 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 100
Communication Theory

2015 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 126
Evolution of Interpersonal Communication

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 118
Language and Music

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2009 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

COMM ST 120
Group Communication

2014 Summer Session

2013 Summer Session

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Summer Session

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

COMM ST 112
Current Problems in Evolution and Communication

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2009 Winter Quarter

COMM ST M127
Animal Communication

2007 Spring Quarter

COMM ST 120
Principles and Types of Group Communication

2007 Winter Quarter