Monday, August 08, 2005

Can You Hear Me Now? Why Not?

An interesting article, suggesting that men REALLY do not hear women, as many women frequently claim, according to this Yahoo article:

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.


Assuming that they're referencing the same report, Discovery Channel had a slightly different take on it:

Aug. 1, 2005 — The human brain processes male and female voices differently, according to a recent study that looked at how the human brain reacts to male and female voices.

The research explains why most of us hear female voices more clearly, as well as that we form mental images of people based only on the sound of their voices.

The findings, published in the current journal NeuroImage, also might give insight into why many men tire of hearing women speak: the "complexity" of female voices requires a lot of brain activity.


Not having paid the dues, I cannot access the original report. However, from personal research with a single subject in a long term study, elsewhere known as a marriage, I am going to make an observation.

I can now blame the melodious 'complexity' of her voice for my habit of tuning her out. Ain't science great?

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