You knew that there was something awry. Sure, he had a faithful face, but you’ve had suspicious thoughts in your mind that just have been brewing up over time. But how can you manage to find out if your significant other has been cheating? According to the Portland Press Herald, you can just listen to his voice. (And if you’re the cheater, here’s what to do if get caught.)
A study recently published in Evolutionary Psychology titled “Your Cheatin’ Voice Will Tell on You: Detection of Past Infidelity From Voice” explored the possibility that someone’s voice could tip off if they were cheating on their significant other. Researchers gathered a sample group of undergraduate students and then exposed them to a series of audio samples which had a speaker counting from one to 10.
Half of the recordings were of men, half were women. Half of the women from the recordings had reported a history of spousal infidelity, and so did half of the men. The undergraduate audio analyzers were asked to listen to each recording, then rate how likely they thought the speaker was to cheat in a relationship on a scale of one to 10.
When the study concluded, the results revealed that as a whole, the undergraduates were always able to determine which speakers had a history of infidelity. The study couldn’t quite pinpoint one specific vocal trait which played the largest role but theorized a series of potential factors.
“Other vocal cues such as clarity of articulation may have also contributed to perceptions of infidelity. For example, masculine males tend to display less clarity in their speech and show phonetic patterns indicative of masculinity, which in turn could be associated with infidelity threat….Extroverts show greater variation in fundamental frequency, greater voice quality, and fewer silent pauses … and high extroversion strongly predicts infidelity”
The researchers threw a few variables into the equation as well, creating two versions of the recordings, one high-pitched and one low-pitched, to analyze what role pitch would play in the perception of infidelity. Additionally, certain requirements were set as constants for the speakers; they had to be straight, white, unmarried, and with a history of at least one committed relationship in their life.
[Source: Portland Press Herald]