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A recent study has stated that solely listening to a person’s voice can help you in understanding how another person feels and things.
A psychologist from the United States suggests that people can understand a person’s emotions better by simply focusing on their voice, in comparison to both watching and hearing them talk.
Commenting on the findings of the study, the author of the research and a social psychologist at Yale University, Michael Kraus said, “Humans are actually remarkably good at using many of their senses for conveying emotions, but emotion research historically is focused almost exclusively on the facial expressions,” according to The Guardian’s reports.
Kraus said that although assimilating information by looking at the expressions of a person and hearing them simultaneously may seem like a better way to strengthen the understanding of their thoughts and feelings, it may however not be so. The author says pooling the senses divides attention from a particular task.
Kraus also says that facial expressions can often mask a person’s true feelings, while it is harder to hide them through the tone of the voice. The author said that although language plays an important role in how people understand and label their emotions, the key lies in the way people say it.
“Listening matters,” said Kraus. “Actually considering what people are saying and the ways in which they say it can, I believe, lead to improved understanding of others at work or in your personal relationships.”
In order to reach their findings, the researchers conducted a series of five experiments involving more than 1,770 individuals. The participants during the study were asked to rate how another person felt by using a series of scales which reflected different emotions.
After the study, the researchers evaluated the findings and noted that viewers were best able to assess people’s emotions through the sound-only recordings.
The findings of the study were published in the journal American Psychologist.
Source: The Guardian