According to a new study, people who speak at a lower pitch are more likely to be promiscuous – and this is likely due to testosterone.
An international team of researchers analyzed voice recordings from more than 2,000 people – both men and women – as well as their self-reported personality traits.
They found that a lower pitch was associated with a higher degree of sociosexuality – an openness to casual sex.
It has also been found that people with low voices are more extroverted and have greater “dominance,” meaning that they are highly influential in social situations.
The experts believe that personality is at least partially expressed in the pitch of people’s voices, and that vocal stimuli, in addition to physical appearance, play an important role in our initial assessment of a person.
In addition to physical appearance, vocal cues play an important role in our initial assessment of a person – but can voice pitch predict personality traits? The new study examined connections between self-reported personality traits and the pitch of the voice
PERSONALITY CHARACTERISTICS WITH LOW VOICE
Extroversion – sociable and energetic in groups
Dominance – often achieve a high level of influence in groups
Sociosexuality – Openness to casual sex
The study was written by experts from the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde, as well as other institutions in Germany, Denmark, Canada and the USA.
“Personality could be expressed, at least in part, in the voices of men and women,” said her research report, which was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
‘We provide the first evidence that pitch could be a valid indication of at least some self-reported personality traits in men and women, including extraversion and dominance [and] sociosexual orientation. ‘
One possible biological mechanism affecting the relationship between voice pitch and personality traits could be testosterone.
“One possible explanation for our results is that higher testosterone levels in both women and men are associated with lower voices and a more unrestricted sociosexual orientation,” said lead author of the study, Julia Stern, at the University of Göttingen.
Stern and colleagues point to a 2020 study that found that lower voice levels in men were related to higher testosterone levels. For women, however, the link seems “less clear,” the team admits.
For their study, the experts carried out a secondary data analysis of 2,217 participants from 11 previous studies.
These studies all measured participants’ voices using voice recordings and measured various self-reported personality traits.
The participants reported about their own dominance and sociosexuality as well as about the “Big Five” – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, tolerance and neuroticism.
The “Big Five” personality traits are the most widely accepted and widely used personality model in academic psychology.
The “Big Five” personality traits are the most widely accepted and widely used personality model in academic psychology
THE BIG FIVE MODEL
The Big Five model is the most widely used personality theory that psychologists advocate today.
It says that personality can be reduced to five key factors:
– – openness to experience (inventive / curious vs. consistent / careful)
– – conscientiousness (efficient / organized vs. extravagant / negligent)
– – Extraversion (sociable / energetic vs. lonely / reserved)
– – compatibility (friendly / compassionate vs. critical / rational)
– – Neuroticism (sensitive / nervous vs. resilient / self-confident)
Source: Simply Psychology / Open Psychometrics
The results showed that lower-pitched participants were more dominant, more extroverted, and “unrestricted” when it came to sociosexual behavior – including orientation, attitudes, and desires.
This supported three of the four hypotheses the researchers made prior to the study.
The other hypothesis that participants with lower voices would report themselves as disagreeing (one of the five big ones) was not supported.
The team found “no convincing evidence” of a substantial link between pitch and the other five big traits – neuroticism, openness and conscientiousness.
In this respect, the results indicate that, according to the team, the personality is at least partially expressed in the voice of the people.
The researchers admit that they only gathered information about the speaker’s personality through self-report questionnaires – which may not match their true character.
Future studies should therefore examine the relationships between voice pitch and personality traits, for example when collecting reports from friends or family members.
Researchers say it was previously unclear whether voice characteristics reveal aspects of our personality.
It’s not just about looks! The results of the study suggest that personality is at least partially expressed in people’s voices
This, although we are partially influenced by people’s voices when we first meet them, is when we judge their character.
This is especially the case when there are no visual cues – for example, when listening to the radio or when hearing a voice on the phone.
It has been reported that even voting behavior is influenced by votes. A 2012 study found that participants preferred to vote for politicians with a lower pitch, likely because they sounded more dominant, honest, intelligent, and attractive.
A 2013 study found that lower-pitched CEOs oversee larger companies, received higher compensation, and enjoyed longer terms in office than higher-pitched CEOs.
That is low! Men with low voices are more likely to cheat on their partners because of higher testosterone levels, the study found
Men with low voices are more likely to attract a partner, but are also more likely to cheat on their partner – due to high testosterone levels, according to a 2020 study.
Researchers at Southwest University in China recorded the voices of 88 men and 128 women and then had them fill out a form to assess their attitudes toward infidelity.
Women are often drawn to men with low, rich voices because they are linked to high testosterone levels, according to the Chinese team.
In evolutionary terms, low voices suggest that the speaker will be a good partner in producing healthy children.
However, men with higher testosterone levels are also more likely to have a negligent attitude towards infidelity, caring less about their relationships, and ultimately cheating.
The researchers didn’t name any specific people in their study, but a number of lower-vocal male celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Brad Pitt, and Orson Welles had high profile affairs.
“Testosterone and its testosterone-dependent properties can be reliable indicators of quality-dependent conditions or behaviors,” the team wrote.
“Men with higher testosterone levels, and therefore lower voices, may have more infidelity or less commitment to their romantic relationship.”
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