Do We Manipulate the Way We Sound?

When we first hear the way that others speak,

Do we manipulate the way we sound?

When filtering emotions we do tweak,

To make sure we’re the same as those around?

 

Do we manipulate the way we sound?

Or is it just subconsciously produced

To make sure we’re the same as those around;

With tones subliminally introduced?

 

Or is it just subconsciously produced?

Researchers have found out this may be true;

With tones subliminally introduced,

But none of us aware of what we do.

 

Researchers have found out this may be true:

When filtering emotions we do tweak.

But none of us aware of what we do,

When we first hear the way that others speak.

Face the music (Photo Credit: JD Hancock).
Face the music (Photo Credit: JD Hancock).
This is a pantoum, written about this piece of research, which investigated whether humans reacted to perceived emotional changes in a conscious manner.

An audio version of this poem can be heard here.

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