-- Robert Preidt
THURSDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- Politicians may want to
keep the pitch of their voice low when asking for votes, because
people appear to prefer candidates with deep voices, scientists
The study included dozens of men and women who listened to
recordings of high- and low-pitched voices saying, "I urge you to
vote for me this November."
Both the male and female participants "elected" the candidates
with the lower-pitched voices, regardless of the speaker's
The findings suggest that biology -- not just political beliefs
-- can affect voters' choices, according to the study published
March 14 in the journal
Proceedings of the Royal Society B.
"We often make snap judgments about candidates without full knowledge of their policies or positions. These findings might help explain why," Rindy Anderson, a biologist at Duke University, said in a university news release.
"It's clear that our voices carry more information than the words we speak," she said. "Knowing this can help us understand the factors that influence our social interactions and possibly why there are fewer women elected to high-level political positions."
The study is an "interesting first step toward understanding the
psychological mechanisms that affect voters' choices," Brad
Verhulst, a researcher at Virginia Commonwealth University in
Richmond, said in the news release. He was not involved in the
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