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Glasgow Skeptics visit Café Scientifique: What does your voice say about you?

April 1, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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So we don’t have an official Glasgow Skeptics event on this date … but our friends over in Cafe Scientifique have got something to tickle your fancy instead.

The topic this month: What does your voice say about you?

People tend to think of the world as a highly visual place, neglecting the fact that our primary means of communication is through sound; our voice. Voices have been steadily researched for the best part of a century and are now becoming the focus of much attention given the recent influx of voice-based technology. But what is in a voice? How is your voice produced? What does your voice reveal about you? And how can this information be used in our modern lives?

Mainly focussing on first impressions of people from their voice, after a brief overview of how we produce our voices, we will discuss what judgements people make about us based solely on our voice, what influence these judgements may have, and ultimately whether there is any truth in them, or is it all just based on biases and stereotypes. We will end by looking at how this information can be applied to help improve communication in a variety of settings. Worst case scenario you will find out why people don’t like the sound of their own voice!

About the speaker:
Phil McAleer is a lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Glasgow. He leads the Voice Lab; a group of researchers interested in what information we obtain from voices and how that can be applied in the world.

For more information about Café Scientifique: Visit their website: http://www.gla.ac.uk/events/cafescientifique/

The talk is free – although they do ask for donations
Accessibility: The talk is on the top floor of the store. There is a lift available for those unable to use the stairs.


April 1, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Waterstones Sauchiehall Street
163-157 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, G2 3EW United Kingdom
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