20. Juli 2022

Higher Voice Pitch Lets Female Faces Appear Younger

With the new research findings, existing evolutionary psychological concepts may need to be reconsidered


Vienna, Austria, July 20th, 2022: Psychologists and biologists around Christina Krumpholz and Helmut Leder from the University of Vienna investigated whether voice pitch can influence how female faces are evaluated. Their conclusion: a higher voice does indeed influence how the corresponding face is evaluated. However, this does not apply to all ratings. Faces with a higher voice were rated as younger, but other assumptions that the faces are also rated as more attractive, more feminine or healthier do not apply. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.


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Krumpholz, C., Quigley, C., Ameen, K., Reuter, C., Fusani, L., & Leder, H. (2022). The effects of pitch manipulation on male ratings of female speakers and their voices. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 911854.

DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2022.911854



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