Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 14, Issue 2, pp 97–112

The vocal attractiveness stereotype: Replication and elaboration

  • Miron Zuckerman
  • Holley Hodgins
  • Kunitate Miyake

DOI: 10.1007/BF01670437

Cite this article as:
Zuckerman, M., Hodgins, H. & Miyake, K. J Nonverbal Behav (1990) 14: 97. doi:10.1007/BF01670437


We examined personality impressions on five NEO subscales (Costa & McCrae, 1985) as a function of senders' vocal and physical attractiveness. There were four major findings: (a) both vocal and physical attractiveness produced more favorable ratings, and these effects were more pronounced in a single channel (voice only or face only, respectively) than in a multiple channel (voice plus face); (b) the influence of attractiveness, both vocal and physical, was moderated by subscale—the effect of vocal attractiveness was most pronounced for Neuroticism and nonexistent for Agreeableness; the effect of physical attractiveness was most pronounced for Extraversion and nonexistent for Conscientiousness; (c) a vocal attractiveness × physical attractiveness interaction indicated that effects of the two stereotypes were particularly strong for senders who were attractive on both channels; (d) the effects of attractiveness, both vocal and physical, diminished when judges were familiar with the target persons.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Miron Zuckerman
    • 1
  • Holley Hodgins
  • Kunitate Miyake
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of RochesterRochester