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Then they created four additional versions of each answer by electronically raising and lowering the speakers’ pitch by 20 percent, and by quickening or slowing their speech rate by 30 percent.
The resulting speech still sounded natural, and its acoustic properties remained within the normal range.
But would the alterations affect listeners’ perceptions?
In that experiment, which involved a couple hundred men in their twenties, each man was told he’d be competing with another man for a lunch date with an attractive woman in a nearby room.
Either way, the meaning is unintelligible while the feel of speech remains.
People spend a lot of time talking and thinking about how members of the opposite sex look, but very little time paying attention to how they sound.
To our unconscious minds, however, voice is very important.
Each contestant communicated with the woman via a digital video feed, but when he communicated with the other man, he could only hear him, and not see him.
In reality, both the competitor and the women were confederates of the researchers, and followed a fixed script.