We can hear smiles -- and tell big ones from little ones


7 Responses to “We can hear smiles -- and tell big ones from little ones”

  1. Susan Oliver says:

    Telemarketers and other phone workers have been told to smile for years because it’s been known for years – see for example the 1994 Journal of the Accoustical Society of America article “Hearing smiles and frowns in normal and whisper registers”. This new study is both a)corroborative and b)expansive (in that the test subjects can tell details about the smiles – v. cool!).

  2. Teresa Nielsen Hayden / Moderator says:

    Jeremiah Britt, telemarketers and salesmen get told a lot of things. This is about quantifiably knowing it.

  3. JeremiahBritt says:

    This is fantastically old news. Telemarketers and phone workers of other flavors have been told this for years: smile when talking.

  4. Warren Camishen says:

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  5. Takuan says:

    look up “sakki”(in a Japanese context)

  6. James Sanders says:

    #2 – Wow! I was just listening to 115th Dream yesterday and that’s exactly what I thought of when I read this! While I was listening to it I was thinking that the second take, which he plays to conclusion, couldn’t possibly have been recorded so soon after the giggly first take, because all the smile is gone from his voice. Very interesting nuance of human perception.

  7. Willis says:

    I work in radio and just like telemarketers, the first thing an announcer learns is to smile while speaking. You can definitely hear the difference.

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