NPR has just posted a fascinating article about a scientific study that rated how trustworthy a person seemed based on just hearing them say “hello.” Men who were seen as the most untrustworthy tended to have a lower pitch. By contrast, men with higher-pitched (or more feminine) voices were rated more favorably.
For women, the opposite was true. The women who were considered most trustworthy were the ones who dropped their voices at the end of the word, as opposed to those raised their pitch. “Probably the trustworthy female, when she drops her voice at the end, is showing a degree of certainty and so can be trusted,” researcher Phil McAleer said of the findings.
Where does your voice fit in? It might be something to consider before your next big presentation or interview.