Spoken language is key in forming and fostering relationships with others.

Scientists studying speech have found that a person’s voice alone provides lots of information about them – often, their gender, age, socio-economic status, nationality, and more. Unbeknownst to us, our brain uses this information to form attitudes and stereotypes about the speaker.

The sounds we hear can sway our feelings and beliefs about whether we like a person and even how smart or credible we think they are. In other words, our assessment of people based on their voice isn’t always accurate.

Find out more about how the way a person sounds can spark bias without our awareness in this set of modules.