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Title: Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces
Authors: Jones, Benedict Christopher
Little, Anthony C.
Boothroyd, Lynda
Feinberg, David R.
Cornwell, R. Elisabeth
DeBruine, Lisa M.
Roberts, S. Craig
Penton-Voak, Ian S.
Law Smith, Miriam J.
Moore, Fhionna R.
Davis, Hasker P.
Perrett, David I.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Attraction
Waist-hip ratio
Individual differences
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Publisher: Elsevier
Type: Journal Article
Refereed: peer-reviewed
Rights: Published version (c)Elsevier, available from DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2005.05.001
Citation: Jones, B.C., et al. 2005. Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces. Evolution and Human Behavior. 26(6): pp.451-457. Available from DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2005.05.001
Abstract: Physical condition (e.g., health, fertility) influences female mate preferences in many species, with females in good condition preferring "higher quality" (e.g., healthier) mates. In humans, condition may comprise both physical (e.g., health and fertility) and psychological factors (e.g., stress, anxiety, and depression). We found that women with low waist-to-hip ratios (indicating health and fertility) or who scored low on anxiety, depression, and stress measures expressed greater attraction to composite male (but not female) faces with color and texture cues associated with apparent health than did women with relatively high waist-to-hip ratios or who scored relatively high on the anxiety, depression, and stress measures. These effects of physical and psychological condition were independent and were not mediated by women's perceptions of their own attractiveness. Our findings indicate that women's physical and psychological conditions both contribute to individual differences in face preferences.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/577
ISSN: 1090-5138
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