The tone of a person’s voice can have an impact on how they perceive the world, according to a study from University of Oxford.
The researchers looked at recordings of 44 people, ranging in age from 15 to 70, who answered questions about their voice, which was heard through a microphone at a range of volume levels.
They found that when people spoke with a tone that was high or low, the way they perceived the world changed.
The team also found that if people heard voices with a lower or higher pitch, they perceived more of the world as being negative, suggesting that the tone may affect people’s attitudes.
However, they did find that people tended to respond with the same tone to both positive and negative voices, suggesting they may be able to alter the pitch of a voice by listening to it, rather than just changing the volume.
The findings are published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.
Professor Tim Wetherby from the University of Manchester, lead author of the study, said the study was the first to find a clear effect of tone on people’s attitude.
He said: ‘Our results show that tone has a powerful effect on people.
It influences how they view the world.’
Our results indicate that tone may influence people’s responses to both good and bad voices, even when they are presented with different voices.’
However, the researchers did find some interesting differences in tone responses across people.
Professor Wetheror added: ‘There is a certain degree of ambiguity with this.
When we speak to people with a low pitch we are likely to hear their voice as being low, while when we speak with a high pitch we may hear it as high.’
We think this may be because of differences in how our brains respond to the pitch that the voice has.’
The study involved 44 people from the UK, Australia, the United States, France, Italy, and Germany.