By Comfort Bulus

Texting, emails, and video chats have replaced face-to-face contact as methods of communication. However, this could result in a lack of empathy and enjoyment. Empathy is based on more than just facial emotions; new research reveals that the voice can be effective in connecting, which is advantageous for our technology lifestyle. This study emphasises the necessity of empathy in our modern world.

Empathy is frequently shown through facial expressions, particularly the eyes, which are regarded as the windows to the soul. The Reading the Mind in the Eyes exercise is used to assess empathy, however, a recent study discovered that our sense of hearing may be more powerful than sight in properly recognising emotion. We are more accurate when we hear someone’s speech rather than looking at their facial expressions or seeing their face while hearing their words. 

According to one study, participants were more accurate in identifying the emotions of others when they only heard their voices rather than looking at their facial expressions. This was demonstrated in three independent experiments: watching recordings of two people conversing, conducting discussions on camera, and judging the emotions of videotaped conversation partners. Further experiments had similar findings.

The voice is an extremely effective mode of empathy, especially when it is the only indication. Participants in a challenging work scenario were more accurate at recognising each other’s emotions during voice-only calls. Listening to speech improves attention to subtleties in vocal tone, focusing on the nuances of speakers’ expressions. For example, when speaking on the phone, you may perceive anxiousness or monotony, yet enthusiasm and excitement are immediately detectable when speaking in a high-pitched and fast tone.

There has been limited research on reading emotions in the speech of co-workers and loved ones. A study of infant screams found that parents with more musical expertise were better at identifying distress cries from other types. However, it has been discovered that omitting other inputs, such as facial expressions, sharpened attention and focus on speech cues, implies that little training is required.

According to research, the voice is a more reliable predictor of emotions than the face, particularly when we pay close attention to it. The voice may express a wide range of information, including fundamental emotional tone and delicate nuances such as anger, fear, grief, wonder, interest, and humiliation. These “vocal bursts” that represent emotion are recognised throughout cultures, emphasising the importance of understanding the voice’s ability to forecast emotions. This demonstrates the voice’s potential as a strong predictor of emotions.

According to research, humans perceive nuances in voices with great sophistication, probably due to an evolutionary advantage in identifying familiar from unknown voices and recognising emotions of need and distress. This skill is notably evident in mothers, who are more sensitive to their own baby’s cry, particularly after a natural birth. A brain-imaging study discovered that voice emotion detection occurs in a distinct location than facial emotion recognition. When two people communicate well, their brains synchronise, resulting in synchronised communication, which may lead to improved relationships and compassion. This communication is critical to general well-being.

As text-only messaging is such a popular way of communication, more research is needed to understand how empathy works. It may be more difficult to accurately detect emotions in brief words than in voices or facial expressions. However, the trend of increasing phone conversations and decreasing face-to-face interactions may be less worrying. In challenging conversations needing empathy, phone calls may be more effective than FaceTime or Skype calls since we may pick up on a conversation partner’s feelings through their voice.

At ATAFOM University International, we are sensitive to your inner voice and we see through the eye of challenges to create viable solutions. This has motivated our creation of a system that not only sees but is empathetic to listen and help people overcome their educational hurdles. ATAFOM University International is aware that opportunities abound in different universities, but it can be difficult to know where to begin or, at the very least, where to go, especially if your peers appear to have chosen their preferred subjects. ATAFOM University is here to help you make your selection. Our education is global, inclusive, and not restricted by country, skin colour, culture, religion, or gender. We guide you through the procedure so you are never alone.


to Our

We don’t spam! Read our Terms & Condition for more info.

We are using cookies to give you the best experience. You can find out more about which cookies we are using or switch them off in privacy settings.
AcceptPrivacy Settings


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We’ll assume you’re ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish.