Hamilton, ON. Sept. 24, 2007 – Men who have lower-pitched voices have more children than do men with high-pitched voices, researchers have found. And their study suggests that for reproductive-minded women, mate selection favours men with low-pitched voices.
The study, published in Biology Letters, offers insight into the evolution of the human voice as well as how we choose our mates.
In previous studies, David Feinberg, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University, and his colleagues have shown that women find deeper male voices to be more attractive, judging them to be more dominant, older, healthier and more masculine sounding. Men, on the other hand, find higher-pitch voices in women more attractive, subordinate, feminine, healthier and younger sounding.
“While we find in this new study that voice pitch is not related to offspring mortality rates,” says Feinberg,” we find that men with low voice pitch have higher reproductive success and more children born to them.”
What I really want to know: If deep voiced men and high pitched voiced women make babies then are the male babies not as deeped voiced as their dads and are the female babies not as high pitched voiced as their moms? To put it another way: Do more masculine mothers give birth to more masculine sons and do more feminine fathers sire more feminine daughters?
Some day prospective parents will genetically engineer their male offspring to have deeper voices and female offspring to have higher pitched voices. How many parents will give their daughters deeper voices to perhaps help them do better in work careers?
Also, once plastic surgery for voice tone modification becomes safe and effective how many people will change their voice pitch and in which direction?
Of course, if you want to increase your satisfaction with romantic relationships some day there'll be another option besides body alterations that enhance your appeal to others: modify your brain so that you find more kinds of human body shapes appealing. Then you could find easy pickings and satisfaction with those who are less attractive to the majority. Though that approach will become less valuable once most people get their appearances enhanced. You won't be able to find as many lonely people who others find unattractive. Jack Black's distorted view of a fat Gwyneth Paltrow will some day become achievable in real life. But before that happens obesity will become easily curable.
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