Rough, Smooth, or Deep - Why the Sound of a Voice is Multisensory

Sound of Silence

To make sense of human voices, we rely on senses beyond hearing. The songs of Taylor Swift can be sweet and soft. Lady Gaga’s singing feels dark. Johnny Cash’s voice was low and rough. That’s because voice is not just sound: it can be seen and heard, but also tasted and touched. The sound we hear in voice creates ‘multisensory images’ – drawing in perceptions from many senses, not just one. 

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As the new year begins, we may find ourselves contemplative about what we want in the year to come.  And often, this includes reflection about the person we are and the person we have been.  I believe that, for women, our relationship with our beauty is a big part of who we are, and I think that the new year is an ample opportunity to dig a little deeper into who and what define our beauty.

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makeup brush with shattered blush solids
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As the new year begins, we may find ourselves contemplative about what we want in the year to come.  And often, this includes reflection about the person we are and the person we have been.... read more