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  • A new study conducted by the University of Stirling says that if people change their tone according to the social status of people shows inferiority complex
  • Both men and women alter their pitch in response to people they think are dominant and prestigious
  • Individuals who are looked upon by other people talk in a calm and controlled manner without any regard to whom they talk to

UK, July 30, 2017: The way we talk other people has the most impact in Human communication. It makes a particular perception about the people and is the deciding factor for future communications. That is why we include personality development classes for students to deal with the complex yet the daily process of communication.

To make a lasting impact, one need a firm and a calm voice so that the other person feel comfortable and easy talking and that is a crucial factor in communication. For an appropriate response, the message need to be clear and sound to the listener.


A new study taken by the University of Stirling say that if people change their tone according to the social status of people shows inferiority complex in those people. The research conducted by putting volunteers through a simulated job interview task, focusing on their vocal characteristics.

It came out that people responding to those with a higher social status tend to use a higher pitch for communication. Deep and masculine voice sounded dominant and on the other hand the raise in the pitch or high pitched voice usually sounded submissive or inferior. So if someone perceived the interviewer as more dominant, they raise their pitch.

Viktoria Mileva, Research Assitant at Department of Psychology says that. “”These changes in our speech may be conscious or unconscious but voice characteristics appear to be an important way to communicate social status. We found both men and women alter their pitch in response to people they think are dominant and prestigious.”

The research also shows that people who believed that they are dominant try to use methods of manipulation, coercion, and intimidation to acquire social status and usually won’t vary their pitch but try to speak in a lower tone. Individuals who are looked upon by other people talk in a calm and controlled manner without any regard to whom they talk to.

While answering the questions, the individuals lower their tone when answering complex interpersonal questions. Dr Mileva said, “Signals and perceptions of human social status have an effect on virtually every human interaction, ranging from morphological characteristics – such as face shape – to body posture, specific language use, facial expressions, and voices. Understanding what these signals are, and what their effects are, will help us comprehend an essential part of human behavior.”

On this topic, the experts said that the same could be true for other situations where there is a difference between the people in term of social status and that may apply to most of the situations.

– by a staff writer of NewsGram


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