A gender bias in the acoustic-melodic features of charismatic speech?

Eszter Novák-Tót, Oliver Niebuhr, Aoju Chen

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Previous studies proved the immense importance of nonverbal
skills when it comes to being persuasive and coming across as
charismatic. It was also found that men sound more
convincing and persuasive (i.e. altogether more charismatic)
than women under otherwise comparable conditions. This
gender bias is investigated in the present study by analyzing
and comparing acoustic-melodic charisma features of male
and female business executives. In line with the gender bias in
perception, our results show that female CEOs who are judged
to be similarly charismatic as their male counterpart(s)
produce more and stronger acoustic charisma cues. This
suggests that there is a gender bias which is compensated for
by making a greater effort on the part of the female speakers.
Original languageEnglish
Book seriesProceedings of the International Conference on Spoken Language Processing
Pages (from-to)2248-2252
Publication statusPublished - 21. Aug 2017
EventInterspeech 2017 - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 20. Aug 201724. Aug 2017


ConferenceInterspeech 2017


  • prosody
  • gender
  • charisma
  • hesitation
  • emphasis
  • intensity
  • speaking rate


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