There may be that long running gag of a throaty-voiced 900 number lover whispering breathlessly into the phone while her real life counterpart is an obese woman in curlers and a ratty house robe. But according to a recent Journal of Nonverbal Behavior study, there may be a connection between a sexy voice and that person actually being more attractive in person. Evolutionary psychologist Susan Hughes claims that while body symmetry, as we all know, can be an important factor in choosing a mate, people with voices that were deemed attractive tended to possess that symmetry.
Hughes had "about 100 individuals listened to previously recorded voices and independently rated them on nine traits important during mate selection: approachability, dominance, healthiness, honesty, intelligence, likelihood to get dates, maturity, sexiness and warmth.'
'Study participants generally agreed on what made a voice attractive. But when Hughes used a spectrogram to analyze these voice ratings according to different acoustic properties such as pitch, intensity, jitter and shimmer, she could not find a common feature that made these voices seem attractive.'
'This indicates our perceptual system may be more advanced than expected.'"--Livescience
Eh, this research sounds a little subjective if you ask me. Still, have you ever fallen in love with someone's voice?