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Women's voices are more complex

ROFL... Well, ok, it is kind of serious, too, but I think it's highly amusing.... I first heard it just a few minutes ago on NPR's Wait, wait! Don't tell me!

Men do have trouble hearing women, scientists find


LONDON (AFP) - Men who are accused of never listening by women now have an excuse -- women's voices are more difficult for men to listen to than other men's, a report said.

The Daily Mail, quoting findings published in the specialist magazine

NeuroImage, said researchers at Sheffield university in northern England discovered startling differences in the way the brain responds to male and female sounds.

Men deciphered female voices using the auditory part of the brain that processes music, while male voices engaged a simpler mechanism, it said.

The Mail quoted researcher Michael Hunter as saying, "The female voice is actually more complex than the male voice, due to differences in the size and shape of the vocal cords and larynx between men and women, and also due to women having greater natural 'melody' in their voices.

"This causes a more complex range of sound frequencies than in a male voice."

The findings may help explain why people suffering hallucinations usually hear male voices, the report added, as the brain may find it much harder to conjure up a false female voice accurately than a false male voice.


I still think it's quite funny. Hehe, our voices are too complicated for men to undersand! lmao....
But on a more serious note, then why is it that however many years ago, telephone companies decided they would choose female operators *because* people do respond better to women's voices? Or maybe it's just that they're easier to understand over a phone.

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...wow.

I love Wait, wait! Don't tell me!.

^^
The findings may help explain why people suffering hallucinations usually hear male voices, the report added, as the brain may find it much harder to conjure up a false female voice accurately than a false male voice.

For some reason I find this line oh so hilarious.
hehe... I just thought the whole idea of men not being able to understand women's "complex" voices is hillarious in itself ;-)
Heh I find that amusing as well.
Totally random, totally late, and I just jumped over here from gsa_lj.

But anyway. =) One of my friends was telling me the other day that she, as a native Chinese speaker, has an easier time interpreting women speaking English than men. She said women have greater range of tone and more expression. Eeenteresting.

*runs away*
lol, I love your icon :)
and thank you for zee comment!
Depends on the male, too. Did you know that the brains of gay and transgendered men are different from the brains of other men? They're more like the brains of women.
actually, I thought their brains were different, more in that they respond more to male pheromones than they do to female ones....
Well that too.
Did you say something? *smirk*

Hope all is well!
All is more or less well... I'm studying in Germany this semester; returning to the States on August 1.

It's good to hear from you!
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