Dominance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in human voice pitch

  title={Dominance and the evolution of sexual dimorphism in human voice pitch},
  author={David Andrew Putsa and Steven J. C. Gaulinb and Katherine Verdolinic},
  • David Andrew Putsa, Steven J. C. Gaulinb, Katherine Verdolinic
  • Published 2006
The developmental and anatomical causes of human voice sexual dimorphisms are known, but the evolutionary causes are not. Some evidence suggests a role of intersexual selection via female mate choice, but other evidence implicates male dominance competition. In this study, we examine the relationships among voice pitch, dominance, and male mating success. Males were audio recorded while participating in an unscripted dating-game scenario. Recordings were subsequently manipulated in voice pitch… CONTINUE READING
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