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Dr. Arash Aryani

Arash Aryani

Biological Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience


Habelschwerdter Allee 45
14195 Berlin


Aryani, A., Isbilen, E. S., & Christiansen, M. H. (2020). Affective arousal links sound to meaning. Psychological science31(8), 978-986.

Under Review

Aryani, A., Lehmann, J., Stodulka, T. (under review). Provoking Arousal through Emotion Description: A Quantitative Narrative Analysis.

Aryani, A., (under review). On the Role of Arousal and Saliency in Affective Iconicity


Aryani, A., Hsu, C.T., Jacobs, A. (in press). Affective Iconic Words Benefit from Additional Sound-Meaning Integration in the Left Amygdala, Human Brain Mapping, DOI:10.1002/hbm.24772

Schauenburg, G., Conrad, M., von Scheve, C., Barber, H. A., Ambrasat, J., Aryani, A., & Schröder, T. (2019). Making sense of social interaction: Emotional coherence drives semantic integration as assessed by event-related potentials. Neuropsychologia, 125, 1-13.


Aryani, A., Conrad, M., Schmidtke, D., & Jacobs, A. (2018). Why 'piss' is ruder than 'pee'? The role of sound in affective meaning
making. PloS one, 13(6), e0198430.


Aryani, A., Hsu, C. T., & Jacobs, A. M. (2018). The Sound of Words Evokes Affective Brain Responses. Brain sciences, 8(6), 94.

Aryani, A., & Jacobs, A. M. (2018). Affective Congruence between Sound and Meaning of Words Facilitates Semantic Decision. Behavioral sciences (Basel, Switzerland), 8(6).

Aryani, A. (2018). Affective Iconicity in Language and Poetry-A Neurocognitive Approach (Doctoral dissertation, Freie Universität Berlin).


Ullrich, S., Aryani, A., Kraxenberger, M., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2017). On the relation between the general affective meaning and the basic sublexical, lexical, and inter-lexical features of poetic texts, Frontiers in psychology, 7, 2073.


Aryani, A., Kraxenberger, M., Ullrich, S., Jacobs, A.M., Conrad, M. (2016) Measuring basic affective tone of poems via phonological saliency and iconicity, Psychology of Aesthetics Creativity and the Arts, 10(2), 191.

Ullrich, S., Kotz, SA, Schmidtke, DS, Aryani, A., Conrad, M (2016) Phonological Iconicity electrifies: An ERP study on affective sound-to-meaning correspondences in German, Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1200.

Jacobs, A.M., Lüdtke, J., Aryani, A., Meyer-Sickendiek, B., & Conrad, M. (2016) Mood-empathic and/or aesthetic responses in poetry reception: A model-guided, multilevel, multimethod approach. Scientific Study of Literature, 6(1), 87-130.

Oganian, Y., Conrad, M., Aryani, A., Heekeren, H. R., & Spalek, K. (2016). Interplay of bigram frequency and orthographic neighborhood statistics in language membership
decision. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(3), 578-596.

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Oganian, Y., Conrad, M., Aryani, A., Spalek, K., & Heekeren, H. R. (2015). Activation patterns throughout the word processing network of l1-dominant bilinguals reflect language similarity and language decisions. Journal of cognitive neuroscience, 27(11), 2197-2214.

Schmidtke, DS, Aryani, A. (2015) Bridges from affect to language Comment on “The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model” by S. Koelsch et al. Physics of life reviews, 13, 83-84.


Aryani, A., Conrad, M., Jacobs, A.M. (2013). Extracting salient sublexical units from written texts: Emophon, a corpus-based approach to phonological iconicity. Frontiers in psychology, 4, 654.