ZIP! Proposal

How does the way you “speak” affect first impressions?
I would like to learn how different methods/ways of communication will affect the perception and treatment of the person who is ‘talking’. I wish to learn more about this question because (I’m going to be honest with you) when I am on a bus or in a public area, the way some people communicate has morphed into somewhat of a pet peeve (e.g. Loud voice, Baby crying, etc…). This isn’t a fair point to judge someone on, but I find myself doing it subconsciously. I am curious to see what stereotypes can/have been formed due to the way humans communicate.
I have heard people use terms like ‘soothing/calming voice’, ‘powerful voice’, ‘annoying voice’, etc… and I have noticed that some voices seem to have stereotypes. In addition to this I would like to learn if voices have privileges related and unrelated to race/ethnicity.
The skill of being able to use the Internet to my advantage when researching and the ability to ask questions (to teachers and myself) will be the greatest skills to me during this project.
The skills I would like to take away from this project is a list of factors that may affect how I perceive others and how others may perceive me, in order to develop an idea of what goes on in our minds when we first meet someone.
If I am in need of assistance during my project, I can approach my peers, teachers, family or friends for support.
To complete this project I will need access to internet, a computer, and other humans.
I think that doing an example will be the best way to present my research to my peers. For example I can show an illustration of a slouching figure and ask the class what they think the figure is communicating. This would be most likely in the form of a PowerPoint (with audio), or a video. Basically a lesson to teach the class some useful things I have learned.
Schedule:
Week one: Refine Question, research Concepts.
Week two: Continued research, close in on biggest topics.
Week three: Move research into real world applications.
Week four: Finish curriculum form, start working on lesson.
Winter break one: Refine PowerPoint or lesson plan.
Winter break two: Mentally prepare.

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