Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive

Paul J. Fraccaro, Benedict C. Jones, Jovana Vukovic, Finlay G. Smith, Christopher D. Watkins, David R. Feinberg, Anthony C Little, Lisa M. DeBruine

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    Abstract

    Although humans can raise and lower their voice pitch, it is not known whether such alterations can function to increase the likelihood of attracting preferred mates. Because men find higher-pitched women’s voices more attractive, the voice pitch with which women speak to men may depend on the strength of their attraction to those men. Here, we measured voice pitch when women left voicemail messages for men with masculinized and feminized faces. We found that the difference in women’s voice pitch between these two conditions positively correlated with the strength of their preference for the masculinized versus feminized faces, whereby women tended to speak with a higher voice pitch to the face they found more attractive. Speaking with a higher voice pitch when talking to men they wish to attract may function to reduce the amount of mating effort that women expend in order to attract and retain preferred mates.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)57-67
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Evolutionary Psychology
    Volume9
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Mar 2011

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    Keywords

    • voice
    • attractiveness
    • sexual dimorphism
    • sexual selection
    • mate choice

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    Fraccaro, P. J., Jones, B. C., Vukovic, J., Smith, F. G., Watkins, C. D., Feinberg, D. R., ... DeBruine, L. M. (2011). Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 9(1), 57-67. DOI: 10.1556/JEP.9.2011.33.1

    Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive. / Fraccaro, Paul J.; Jones, Benedict C.; Vukovic, Jovana; Smith, Finlay G.; Watkins, Christopher D.; Feinberg, David R.; Little, Anthony C; DeBruine, Lisa M.

    In: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 57-67.

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    Fraccaro, PJ, Jones, BC, Vukovic, J, Smith, FG, Watkins, CD, Feinberg, DR, Little, AC & DeBruine, LM 2011, 'Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive' Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, vol 9, no. 1, pp. 57-67. DOI: 10.1556/JEP.9.2011.33.1
    Fraccaro PJ, Jones BC, Vukovic J, Smith FG, Watkins CD, Feinberg DR et al. Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 2011 Mar;9(1):57-67. Available from, DOI: 10.1556/JEP.9.2011.33.1

    Fraccaro, Paul J.; Jones, Benedict C.; Vukovic, Jovana; Smith, Finlay G.; Watkins, Christopher D.; Feinberg, David R.; Little, Anthony C; DeBruine, Lisa M. / Experimental evidence that women speak in a higher voice pitch to men they find attractive.

    In: Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 1, 03.2011, p. 57-67.

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