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Who might cheat in a relationship perceived by voice

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Voice pitch and cheating

A man or woman's voice can be perceived as a clue to whether they will cheat in a relationship find researchers from McMaster University. The scientists say their study is the first to show voice pitch could influence how we choose a mate.

Attractive voice associated with adulterous behavior

Researchers in the study found an attractive voice was associated with adulterous behavior by participants asked to listen to two recordings of male and female voices, manipulated electronically to be higher or lower.

David Feinberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and advisor on the study explains, "The reason voice pitch influences perceptions of cheating is likely due to the relationship between pitch, hormones and infidelity."

O'Conner says avoiding individuals with attractive, sexy voices might be an evolutionary defense mechanism that keeps us from choosing mates likely to be unfaithful.

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The study group was asked to predict which of the voices they heard seemed most likely to cheat sexually in a romantic relationship and says, .."the more attractive the voice—a higher pitch for women and lower pitch for men—the more likely the chances he or she will cheat."

Feinberg notes most people seem to be aware that higher voices for women indicate higher levels of estrogen and men with lower pitch voices may have higher testosterone levels, making them more prone to adulterous behavior.

In a 2007 study, Dr.Feinberg also found men with low pitched, masculine voices have higher reproductive success and that women do find it appealing. In the same study he found men like the sound of a higher, younger sounding "healthier" high pitch in women.

The findings suggest men and women perceive future infidelity from the attractiveness and pitch of voice and may be a factor when it comes to understanding how we choose a mate.

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