On average it takes a person about how long to pick up on your attitude from listening to the tone of your voice?

1 Answer
Jun 17, 2018

Ten seconds for words, 0.1 second for sounds.


The last reference contains many additional sources of published research on this topic, but not primarily with a time-based focus. Specific values are really approximations, at best.

10 seconds

It takes the brain just one-tenth of a second to begin detecting human emotions from a vocal sound, faster than detecting it from their tone of voice, regardless of whether it was a positive or negative emotion being conveyed.

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