The Voice, A Truer Window to the Soul? : The Effects of Face/Voice Incongruency on Impression Formation

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The Voice, A Truer Window to the Soul? : The Effects of Face/Voice Incongruency on Impression Formation

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Title: The Voice, A Truer Window to the Soul? : The Effects of Face/Voice Incongruency on Impression Formation
Author: Vandersall, Ellen J.
Advisor: Boltz, Marilyn
Department: Haverford College. Dept. of Psychology
Type: Thesis (B.A.)
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Issue Date: 2006
Abstract: This study examined whether impression formation is influenced by the congruency of facial and vocal information. Levels of attractiveness and maturity were manipulated to create 32 congruent or incongruent pairings on the computer. Forty undergraduate participants were presented with a 17-second clip of a face/voice pairing and asked to make 6 perceptual judgments on the traits of trustworthiness, health, behavioral consistency, likeability, emotional stability, and intelligence. Participants also rated the congruency of each pairing after completing the set of perceptual judgment tasks. It was hypothesized that incongruent pairings would receive less favorable personality assessment than the congruent pairings. This prediction was in fact observed for the attractiveness dimension but not the maturity one. In addition, the voice had a greater impact than the face on all traits except health. These findings are discussed in terms of their relation to the theories of symmetry, averageness, and expectancy confirmation with respect to congruency manipulations.
Subject: Impression formation (Psychology)
Subject: Social perception
Subject: Attribution (Social psychology)
Subject: Face perception
Subject: Voice
Terms of Use: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0/us/
Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10066/756

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Vandersall, Ellen J.. "The Voice, A Truer Window to the Soul? : The Effects of Face/Voice Incongruency on Impression Formation". 2006. Available electronically from http://hdl.handle.net/10066/756.

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