PATTERNS OF ATTRACTIVENESS AND DOMINANCE AS RELATED TO VOICE FREQUENCY ACROSS CULTURES

Open Access
Author:
Garr, Collin Thomas
Area of Honors:
Anthropology
Degree:
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • David Puts, Thesis Supervisor
  • Timothy Ryan, Honors Advisor
Keywords:
  • anthropology
  • voice frequency
  • fundamental frequency
  • dominance
  • attractiveness
  • peru
  • uganda
  • china
  • united states
  • iran
  • cross-cultural
  • david puts
  • collin garr
  • prestige
  • F0
Abstract:
The purpose of this study is to determine to what extent women’s perceptions of a man’s short and long-term attractiveness, as well as men’s perceptions of other men’s prestige and dominance, are affected by the fundamental frequency of his voice. There is already evidence that indicates a positive association between perceptions of masculinity, attractiveness and dominance, and a lower F0, but little research has been conducted to estimate the degree of cross-cultural variability in these perceptions. The following analyses strives to elucidate the similarities and differences in perceptions across five nations, as well as to interpret these results from cultural and evolutionary perspectives.