University of São Paulo: Survey seeks volunteers to assess attractiveness and status from human voices

An intercultural research that has the participation of the Institute of Psychology (IP) of USP wants to analyze the perception of the human voice. To participate, you just need to be over 18 years old and access the online form at this link on your computer or notebook and answer the questions. The survey can be completed in about 15 minutes and, as the participant will hear and evaluate different voices, they must wear headphones and be in a quiet environment.

The study aims to assess whether culture influences the individual’s perception of voice. This is because, even without understanding the content of speech, the human voice communicates various information about its owner. For example, when listening to a podcast or radio show, it is possible to perceive various characteristics of the person, such as age, gender, height, weight, strength, and even status or attractiveness.

Furthermore, the voice can influence what we think about the other, if we intend to be friends with the person and even if we are going to vote for that person in the next elections. Some questions raised are: which voices are considered attractive? And which voices are perceived as powerful? And yet, how does the voice influence our interactions with other people?

The person responsible for data collection in Brazil is Professor Jaroslava Varella Valentova, from the Department of Experimental Psychology at IP.

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