Interesting Research about Altering the Tone of your Voice

A new research about the tone of our voice shows the impact it has on our mood; listening to modified sound of your own voice makes you happier. You don’t have to go far in dealing with your mood, neither do you have to spend a dime in making yourself happier. It’s all in your Voice!

Trying to change how your voice sounds may help you feel happier, since people tend to listen to their own voice to learn how they are feeling. Study shows that we take cues from what we hear in our own voice and this feeds back into our emotional state.

‘The relationship between the expression of emotions has been a long-standing topic of disagreement in the field of psychology,’ said Petter Johansson, one of the authors from Lund University in Sweden.

In a study which researchers claimed was the first evidence of direct-feedback effects on emotional experience in the auditory domain, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; sound of the participants voices were altered/manipulated slightly by a digital audio platform unconsciously while they were reading a short story i.e. modified slightly to sound happier and sad.

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All the participants could listen to their modified voice via headset, but only 16 out of 109 participants detected any change in their voice. Researchers noticed change in emotional state of the participants that noticed change in their voice.

Tone of voice

Researchers then professed that people do not always control their own voice to meet a specific goal, but do learn how they feel via the tone of their own voice.

“We wanted to investigate what kind of awareness people have of their own emotional expressions,” said Jean-Julien Aucouturier, the lead author of the study and an expert from the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

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Photo: Science and Technology of Music and Sound Lab (STMS)
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences – Covert digital manipulation of vocal emotion…:Jean-Julien Aucouturier, Petter Johansson.

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