Tone-deaf individuals may be tuning out emotional intelligence

It seems there is a link between emotional signals from music and from speech.

While most people decipher the subtle changes in pitch occurring in people’s voices when they are afraid or upset, people who are tone-deaf report needing cues such as facial expressions and gestures.

This means they probably have greater difficulty understanding how others feel merely by listening to them speak, such as on the telephone, say researchers from Macquarie University, Sydney.