We all know that power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely. But did you know that it can also make your voice high-pitched and turn you into a messy eater? The Guardian reports that a new study by psychologists found that "voices change according to a speakers’ position of power." We assume that leaders have smooth and low voices, but researchers "found that those coming from a position of 'power' – 161 students had been divided into high and low ranking groups and asked to read the same passage aloud – spoke in a higher pitch, and although their volume varied, their voices also became more monotone." This finding seems to run counter to the idea that a low voice bespeaks leadership (vocal coaches generally tell politicians to lower their voices). The researchers noted that although Margaret Thatcher's voice "got deeper overall thanks to voice coaching, the researchers told MailOnline that it got higher pitched in 'power situations'."
The change in your voice does not go unnoticed. "A second experiment with a separate group of college students revealed that listeners, who had no knowledge of the first experiment, were able to pick up on these power-related vocal cues to determine who did and did not have power," reports the
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