Analysis of the vocal profiles of male seduction: from exhibition to self-disclosure

Luigi Anolli, Maria Rita Ciceri

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The authors analyzed the suprasegmental (temporary) vocal profiles of 19 young men (not married) during their seductive interaction with 19 young women (not married) whom they had not known previously. The aim of the research was to verify the specificity, the sequential temporal stream, and the efficacy of the acoustical features of the seducer's voice during seductive interaction. In an ecological laboratory situation, the male participants were asked to meet their female partners. Participant-by-participant analysis showed that the male seductive voice is characterized by strong variations during the course of the seductive sequence. At the beginning of the sequence it had a higher pitch and an elevated intensity, as well as a faster rate of articulation than it did during normal speech (the exhibition voice). In the following phases it became gradually lower, weaker, and warmer (the self-disclosure voice). The modulation and variability of the vocal profiles during the seductive interaction were significantly stressed in the 9 successful seducers (those who succeeded in arranging a subsequent meeting with the partner), compared with the 10 unsuccessful seducers. The results have been interpreted as an ability to perform an effective local management of seductive communication.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)149-169
Numero di pagine21
RivistaJournal of General Psychology
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2002


  • Exhibitionism
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Self Disclosure
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Voice
  • Voice Quality


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