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Attractive voice linked to adultery

world Updated: Mar 08, 2011 01:42 IST

Your voice could provide an insight into perceived adulterous behaviour, for a study has suggested that people with "attractive" voices are more likely to be love cheats.

Researchers from McMaster University in Canada found that women think men, who have deep voices are more likely to be love cheats. And if a woman has a high-pitched voice, men feel she is more likely to be unfaithful, found the study published online in the journal Evolutionary Psychology.

"In terms of sexual strategy, we found that men and women will use voice pitch as a warning sign of future betrayal," lead author Jillian O'Connor said.

"So the more attractive the voice - a higher pitch for women and lower pitch for men - the more likely the chances he or she will cheat," O'Conner was quoted as saying by the British tabloid Daily Mail.

According to the researchers, their study, the first to examine the link between voice pitch and perceived infidelity, offers insight into the evolution of the human voice and how we choose our mates.

"Infidelity is costly with the emotional impact, financial costs and potential loss of the family unit,"O'Connor said.

"But this suggests that through the evolutionary process, we have learned ways to avoid partners who may be unfaithful as a protection mechanism."