Ever answered your phone to hear a totally unfamiliar voice on the other line? Okay, and how many times have you pictured what this stranger looks like based on the sound of the person's voice? Probably hundreds of times, right?!
Surprisingly, that mental picture is pretty accurate, according to a British study. Researchers from the Nottingham Trent University in England showed 47 people 18 photos of men and women, and later had the study subjects listened to their voices. Turned out, these participants matched the photos to the right voices 60 percent of the time.
"People make similar judgments of strangers regardless of whether they just see their face, or hear their voice," the study's author Harriet Smith, a doctoral student in psychology at the British university, told Today.com.
"There is enough overlapping information that they can match strangers' faces and voices with relative accuracy," she explained.
So trust your instincts when your brain conjures up a picture of someone's disembodied voice. You'll be right more often than not--and it may serve you well, on the job or in your personal life.
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