If you want to know whether a man is interested in you, ignore what he’s saying – and focus on how he’s saying it.
Men instinctively adopt a pitch-variable, or sing-song tone – in a similar way that people speak to a baby – when talking to a woman they find attractive, a new study has found.
The man will lower his voice to its lowest minimum pitch before picking it up again, the psychologists at the University of Stirling found.
And these unconscious vocal adjustments tend to have the desired effect: listeners responded more favourably to recordings of voices with these acoustics.
The psychologists think that a man lowers his voice to sound manly, and then plays around with the pitch in order to put the woman at ease.
Juan David Leongomez, who led the study, said: ‘For men, it is important to sound masculine, which is manifested in a deeper voice pitch.