publication . Article . 2008

Interactions between masculinity–femininity and apparent health in face preferences

Anthony Little; Benedict Jones; Lisa M. DeBruine;
Open Access
  • Published: 14 Nov 2008 Journal: Behavioral Ecology, volume 20, issue 2, pages 441-445
Consistent with Getty's (2002. Signaling health versus parasites. Am Nat. 159:363--371.) proposal that cues to long-term health and cues to current condition are at least partly independent, recent research on human face preferences has found divergent effects of masculinity--femininity, a cue to long-term health, and apparent health, a cue to current condition. In light of this, we tested for interactions between these 2 cues. Participants viewed composite images of opposite-sex faces that had been manufactured in combinations of high and low apparent health and masculinity--femininity. Preferences for masculinity in men's faces and femininity in women's faces ...
free text keywords: Animal Science and Zoology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
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