You Will Know a Cheater by the Sound of His (or Her) Voice


Here’s an interesting study: Women think that men with low voices are more likely to cheat. Meanwhile, men think that women with high voices are the cheaters. High voices in women and low voices in men are the more “attractive” pitches, and if you happen to possess such a hot pitch, well, chances are, you’re going to use it. Lest you think this sounds like bullshit, there is science in it!

“The reason voice pitch influences perceptions of cheating is likely due to the relationship between pitch, hormones and infidelity,” explains David Feinberg, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour and advisor on the study. “Men with higher testosterone levels have lower pitched voices, and women with higher estrogen levels have higher pitched voices. High levels of these hormones are associated with adulterous behaviour and our findings indicate individuals are somewhat aware of the link and may use this in their search for a romantic partner.”

Translation: Tinny-voiced men and gravelly-pitched women who sound like they’ve been huffing on a smokestack for the last 20 years straight are really the types you should hang onto, because they will, at least, be faithful. Unless they’re not. Remember, this is only science.

Can You Predict Your Mate Will Cheat by Their Voice? [McMaster University/Newswise]