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Frans de Waal on low frequency audio

Frans de Waal on low frequency audio as a social instrument: “The host, Larry King, would adjust his timbre to that of high-ranking guests, like Mike Wallace or Elizabeth Taylor. Low-ranking guests, on the other hand, would adjust their timbre to that of King. The clearest adjustment to King’s voice, indicating lack of confidence, came from former Vice President Dan Quayle.” (via mr)

Reader comments

Arthur Davidson FickeOct 18, 2005 at 4:25PM

In what universe is Elizabeth Taylor a "high-ranking guest"?

williamOct 18, 2005 at 4:27PM

This guy teaches at my old college.

David MoldawerOct 18, 2005 at 4:43PM

His name's spelled Frans, by the way.

Sean FlannaganOct 18, 2005 at 4:50PM

Interesting stuff. He talked about this at the 92nd Street Y last week.

jkottkeOct 18, 2005 at 4:56PM

His name's spelled Frans, by the way.

So it is. Changed. Thanks!

MegOct 18, 2005 at 6:00PM

I think I use this to deal with people all the time -- and not just in deference!

This thread is closed to new comments. Thanks to everyone who responded.