Headphones Increase Feelings Of Connectivity, Empathy, Engagement

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. 
(EurekAlert!)