U.S. Voters May Prefer Low-Pitched Male Voice

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U.S. Voters May Prefer Low-Pitched Male Voice
Mon, 11-21-2011 - 10:15am

Hmmm, look at this interesting Health Day news article about research concerning the voices of politicians:

Voters prefer male political candidates with a lower-pitched voice because it's seen as a sign of dominance and leadership, according to Canadian researchers.

The researchers manipulated archival recordings of U.S. presidents to create lower- and higher-pitched versions of each voice. The altered recordings were played to volunteers who rated the speakers' leadership potential, honesty, intelligence, dominance and attractiveness....In all cases, the volunteers preferred the lower-pitched voices...READ MORE

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Mon, 11-21-2011 - 11:32am

Well, its more WHAT they say than how they sound WHEN they say it fo rme but...

I can see where some voices might grate on the ear and turn a person off that individual as a candidate... It's accents more for me than pitch, though...

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Tue, 11-22-2011 - 1:38pm

I think we associate certain types of voices with certain personality charactoristics - a high pitched feminine voice is associated with a delicate or fragile person, and a nasal voice may be associated with a whiny personality, so I can see how it might affect you. Plus some people have voices that are simply difficult to listen to, so you may not even get to really hear what that person is saying!