What happens when we try to manipulate our voice to attract a mate? Her voice is hot, his is not

What happens when we try to manipulate our voice to attract a mate? Her voice is hot, his is not

Trying to sound sexier? Sorry, guys, it seems you just don’t have what it takes. New research suggests that men cannot intentionally make their voices sound more sexy or attractive, while women have little trouble. And true to the stereotype, women will lower their pitch and increase their hoarseness to dial up the allure.

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New research suggests that men cannot intentionally make their voices sound more sexy or attractive, while women have little trouble. And true to the stereotype, women will lower their pitch and increase their hoarseness to dial up the allure.”This ability may be due to culture and cuts across cultures and time,” says Susan Hughes, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Albright College. “There is a stereotype of what is a sexual voice in our culture — a low, breathy voice.”The findings appear in the article “The Perception and Parameters of Intentional Voice Manipulation” appearing in this month’s Journal of Nonverbal Behavior. The research examines the patterns that emerge when men and women intentionally modify their voices to project four traits related to mate selection and competition — sexiness, dominance, intelligence and confidence — and how others perceive these manipulations.For the study, 40 participants (20 men, 20 women) provided intentionally manipulated voice samples for the desired traits, plus a normal speech sample. Each sample consisted of participants counting from one to 10. Another 40 people assessed the degree to which each sample effectively projected the given trait.The researchers found that women could make their voices sound more attractive, but men could not. “In fact, although not significantly, it got a bit worse when men tried to sound sexy,” says Hughes.The difference may be rooted in mate selection, the study says. Women know that men place greater emphasis on attractiveness when choosing a partner, and that voice attractiveness can predict physical attractiveness. Thus, it is beneficial for women to sound sexier to enhance their value to potential mates and to stave off competition from rival females.Spectrogram analyses of the samples revealed that both sexes slowed their speech to sound sexy/attractive, while women also lowered their pitch and increased their hoarseness. Ironically, men prefer higher-pitch females, but a woman will signal her interest in a man by intentionally dropping her voice, said Hughes.The study found that both sexes can manipulate their voices to sound more intelligent. …

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