Headphones Increase Feelings Of Connectivity, Empathy, Engagement

How Often Do You Wear Headphones

Chattanooga, Tennessee—



I wear headphones a lot! I mean I’m on the radio… headphones are 100% a requirement. Even though I may wear headphones more often than the average person, it might actually be a good thing!

Listening to something on headphones is a different experience than listening to audio on speakers. University of California researchers found headphones have a much more powerful impact on listeners’ perceptions, judgments and behaviors. Study co-author On Amir explains, “We find that headphones produce a phenomenon called in-head localization, which makes the speaker sound as if they’re inside your head. Consequently, listeners perceive the communicator as closer—both physically and socially. As a result, listeners perceive the communicator as warmer, they feel they behave [with more empathy] toward them and they are more easily persuaded by them.” The scientists say this finding has major implications for audio advertisements, remote work, as well as education and industry training.