J Vukovic, DR Feinberg, LM DeBruine, FG Smith & BC Jones (2010). Women's voice pitch is negatively correlated with health risk factors. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 8(3): 217-225. doi: 10.1556/JEP.8.2010.3.2

Previous studies have demonstrated that men prefer womenís voices with relatively high pitch to those with low pitch, suggesting that men may use voice pitch as a cue of womenís mate quality. However, evidence that voice pitch is a cue to womenís long-term health is equivocal. Here we present evidence that womenís average speaking voice pitch is negatively correlated with a health risk index derived from principle component analysis of various body measurements that are known to predict long-term health outcomes in women (weight, body mass index, percentage body fat, waist and hip circumference, and waist-hip ratio). Our results suggest that voice pitch is a cue to womenís long-term health, supporting mate-choice accounts of menís preferences for raised pitch in womenís voices.

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