If you want to really understand how someone is feeling, it's better to listen to them without looking, according to a new US research.
The research found that we read others emotions more accurately when using only vocal cues.
Michael Kraus, PhD, of Yale University, carried out a series of five experiments which together involved more than 1,800 participants.
Kraus found that in all of the experiments, participants who only listened without looking were able, on average, to identify more accurately the emotions being experienced by others.
The one exception was perhaps unsurprisingly when participants listened to computerized voices and not human voices, which resulted in the worst accuracy of all.
Kraus now believes that the findings could open a new area of research into emotional recognition, after most previous studies have focused mainly on the role of facial cues.
- Source: Relax News