Deep voice intimidating team
When both heterosexual men and women were played recordings of male voices, the deeper tones were hailed by men as sounding more dominant. Puts believes it is possible that traits such as a deeper voice allowed men to appear bigger and more dominant, without the need to resort to fighting. In the second experiment, women and men were recorded reading the same piece of text. In the first experiment, the researchers studied recorded vocalizations of both Old and New World monkeys, apes and humans, looking for differences in species.
Deeper male voices were rated as more dominant by men and more attractive by women. They report finding that humans had the greatest difference in degree of pitch between males and females. The researchers acknowledge that their study was deliberately narrow, which leaves the door open to other interpretations of vocal range in humans. In studying the results, the team found that both males and females rated the men with deeper voices as more dominant, but the males rated them on average, three times higher. The researchers found that while the depth of the female voices did not affect how attractive they were deemed by male listeners, the situation was very different for the male voices.
The volunteers were asked to rate the people they were listening to on attractiveness regarding both long term and short term relationships. All of the listeners were also asked to rate the male voices on their degree of dominance.
The second experiment consisted of asking men and women to listen to recordings of both men and women reading the same text out loud. While the deeper voices were judged to be more attractive by female listeners, the effect was weaker, the researchers report. That, they say, suggests that the evolution of male pitch might have been influenced more by competition between males than by female choice when picking a mate.
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