That means that though we may pack our heads full of 21st century knowledge, the organ inside our skull is still a Stone-Age brain.We think of ourselves as a civilized species, but our brains are designed to meet the challenges of an earlier era.
People spend a lot of time talking and thinking about how members of the opposite sex look, but very little time paying attention to how they sound.
To our unconscious minds, however, voice is very important.
Our genus has been evolving for a couple million years.
Brain evolution happens over many thousands or millions of years, but we’ve lived in civilized society for less than 1 percent of that time.
I don’t know if you knew, but it goes down in fifth grade, from the DMs to school hallways.
While I have memories of my now 27-year-old self being 10-11 years old, I have learned that the 10-11-year-old kids of today are not the sort that I or any generation preceding mine were.I can say this with a considerable amount of confidence and insight given that I am raising a 10-year-old daughter who is in fifth grade.Now, don’t get me wrong, many in my generation developed faster than our parents were ready for.Asked to guess the physical characteristics of the men whose voices they hear in such experiments, the women tend to associate low voices with men who are tall, muscular, and hairy-chested — traits commonly considered sexy.As for men, a group of scientists recently discovered they unconsciously adjust the pitch of their voices higher or lower in accordance with their assessment of where they stand on the dominance hierarchy with respect to possible competitors.In that experiment, which involved a couple hundred men in their twenties, each man was told he’d be competing with another man for a lunch date with an attractive woman in a nearby room.