Relationships between vocal characteristics and body size and shape in human males: an evolutionary explanation for a deep male voice

Evans, Sarah, Neave, Nick and Wakelin, Delia (2006) Relationships between vocal characteristics and body size and shape in human males: an evolutionary explanation for a deep male voice. Biological Psychology, 72 (2). pp. 160-163. ISSN 03010511

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2005.09.003

Abstract

A deep male voice may play a role in courtship and competitive behaviours in humans by attracting female mates and indicating body size to male competitors. The current correlational study investigated the relationship between vocal measures (fundamental and formant frequencies) and both body size and shape. Vocal samples and physical measures were obtained from 50 heterosexual male volunteers. A significant negative relationship was found between fundamental frequency and measures of body shape and weight. Further, a significant negative relationship was found between formant dispersion (the relationship between successive formant frequencies) and measures of body size as well as body shape. Findings are discussed in relation to the ‘good genes’ model of sexual selection and the size exaggeration theory of laryngeal descent.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2008 15:30
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:48
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1763

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