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University of Toronto study shows infants prefer nice voices

It might not be news to parents, but the Wall Street Journal has taken note of a University of Toronto study, which found that infants less than a year old make up their minds about people based on the tones of voice they use – and remember those preferences. The study used a combination of puppets speaking a variety of phrases in happy or irritated tones, and then tested the same voices coming from plain paper cups. The infants in the test showed a marked preference for the puppets that spoke in pleasant tones, but weren’t swayed by nice-sounding inanimate objects. Moreover, they remembered the human-looking puppets who spoke pleasantly, and were drawn to them even after they shifted to a neutral tone.

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Source: The Wall Street Journal
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