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New Study Says Tone of Voice Can Help Identify Cheaters

The key, indeed, is listening.


Love is a beautiful thing, but it could also be ugly, painful, and tragic at times. Hearts can break and relationships can end with just one mistake. In most cases, that mistake is cheating. And it’s not always easy to tell if someone is being unfaithful. Sometimes, the truth just surprises and crushes you.

But there’s a new study that might just help cautious lovers tell if their significant other had cheated on them. According to the research titled “Your Cheatin’ Voice Will Tell On You: Detection of Past Infidelity from Voice” published in Evolutionary Psychology, listening to the tone of your partner’s voice can be more revealing than you initially thought.

Susan Hughes of Albright College and Marissa Harrison of Penn State Harrisburg co-authored the study.

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The researchers explain in their paper:

“Evidence suggests that many physical, behavioral, and trait qualities can be detected solely from the sound of a person’s voice, irrespective of the semantic information conveyed through speech.”

One hundred and fifty-two (152) undergraduate students (64 men and 88 women, all white), all who identified as heterosexual and aged between 18 to 32, participated in the study.

The participants had to carefully listen to recordings of other people’s voices to try and guess whether or not they had cheated in a relationship.

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All the people in the recordings were in monogamous relationships. Half of the recorded people admitted to being intimate with somebody else while they were in a relationship, while the rest claimed to have been loyal to their partners.

All the people in the recordings had to do was to simply count from one to 10, and the listening participants merely had to guess if a voice sounded like it was someone who had committed infidelity. To control for whether pitch played a part in “sounding like a cheater,” the voice recordings were made in both lower pitch and higher pitch. The listeners then rated the recordings from one to 10, with 10 being more likely to cheat.

The results revealed that the listeners were indeed able to rate as more likely to cheat those with actual history of cheating.

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The listeners were able to tell who the cheaters were, regardless of the recorded person’s pitch being distorted in the recordings. Male speakers were given higher ratings for cheating. Women with low voices were deemed sexier and more flirtatious, which explains why men rated women with lower voices more likely to commit infidelity.

According to the authors:

“These findings expand upon the idea that the human voice may be of value as a cheater detection tool and very thin slices of vocal information are all that is needed to make certain assessments about others.”

What do you think, ladies and gents? Will you be able to tell a cheater just by listening to their tone of voice? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!


Tropical Forests Are Now Emitting More Carbon Than Oxygen, New Study Says

We should all be concerned.

Years of abuse and misuse of the Earth's forests have resulted in the tropics now emitting more carbon than oxygen, says a new study. This is alarming because tropical forests have always been considered a vital carbon “sink” that consumes carbon from the atmosphere and turns and releases it into oxygen. Today, however, tropical forests already emit almost twice as much carbon as they consume. Scientists say stopping deforestation and degradation in the tropics could help reverse this trend.

In a paper published in the journal Science, scientists from Boston University and the Woods Hole Research Center said there is a limited window of opportunity to reverse the troublesome trend, and that's by restoring forested areas.

The researchers used a new method to assess carbon density in areas affected by deforestation and degradation.

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Scientists Restore Consciousness in a Man Who Spent 15 Years in a Vegetative State

This breakthrough challenges the belief that disorders of consciousness lasting more than a year are irreversible.

Scientists at the French National Center for Scientific Research have made a major breakthrough in the study of consciousness disorders. A 35-year-old man who had been in a vegetative state for 15 years after a car accident has shown signs of consciousness after neurosurgeons implanted a vagus nerve stimulator into his chest. The man is still a long way from full wakefulness, but his case challenges the belief that disorders of consciousness persisting for more than a year are irreversible.

The vagus nerve connects the brain to the gut and other parts of the body. Stimulation of this nerve has been shown to benefit people suffering from depression or epilepsy and to help in the process of waking up and staying alert. Angela Sirigu of Institut des Sciences Cognitives Marc Jeannerod in Lyon, France, co-author of the study titled "Restoring consciousness with vagus nerve stimulation," wondered if the vagus nerve can help restore consciousness to patients with unresponsive wakefulness syndrome.

Sirigu and the rest of the research team wanted to pick a difficult case to test the theory.

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ADHD Is A Complete Hoax, Claims Renowned Harvard Psychologist

According to Harvard professor and acclaimed psychologist Jerome Kagan, “ADHD isn’t real. “

Aside from teaching at one of the most respected universities in the world, Jerome Kagan has likewise made a name for himself in the field of psychology. In fact, he has been listed at #22 among the most eminent psychologists of the 20th century, putting him a rank higher than Carl Jung, famed Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who is at #23.

With his impressive background in mind, we can all assume he knows what he's talking about when he says something. Recently, he did come up with a pretty bold claim saying ADHD is not a real condition.

According to Harvard professor and psychologist Jerome Kagan, ADHD is a big hoax.

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