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Do Masculine Men Smell Better? An Association Between Skin Color Masculinity and Female Preferences for Body Odor.

Laura Alho; Laura Alho; Pedro Bem-Haja; Pedro Bem-Haja; Mariana L. Carrito; Mariana L. Carrito; Mariana L. Carrito; Isabel M. Santos; Jacqueline Ferreira; Jacqueline Ferreira; ...
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  • Published: 01 Mar 2017
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
Abstract
This work was supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and Programa Operacional de Potencial Humano/Fundo Social Europeu (SFRH/BD/77592/2011 to M.L.C.). A recent study claimed face skin color as a sexually dimorphic variable that influences attractiveness preferences in mate choice. Thereby, skin color may assume the role of a mate quality signal influencing attractiveness preferences. As body odor is linked to attractiveness, this study aimed to explore whether the odors of men with more masculine facial skin color would be evaluated more positively than odors from less masculine men. Female raters were presented with body odors of 18 men and were as...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: psychological phenomena and processes
free text keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Face, Female, Humans, Male, Sex Characteristics, Skin Pigmentation, Young Adult, Masculinity, Smell, Olfaction, Scent, Attractiveness, Sexual dimorphism, Male coloration, Mate preferences, BF Psychology, NDAS, BF, Skin color, Social psychology, Cognition, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Odor, Psychology, Mate choice
Funded by
FCT| SFRH/BD/77592/2011
Project
SFRH/BD/77592/2011
FACE PREFERENCES IN DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIP CONTEXTS: THE INFLUENCE OF SEXUAL DIMORPHISM, TRUSTWORTHINESS, EMOTION AND SELF-ATTRACTIVENESS
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: SFRH/BD/77592/2011
  • Funding stream: SFRH | Doutoramento
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Alho L, Soares SC, Ferreira J, Rocha M, Silva CF, Olsson MJ. 2015. Nosewitness identification: effects of negative emotion. PLoS One. 10:e0116706. [OpenAIRE]

Allen C, Cobey KD, Havlíček J, Roberts SC. 2016. The impact of artificial fragrances on the assessment of mate quality cues in body odor. Evol Hum Behav. 37:481-489. [OpenAIRE]

Anderson JC, Gerbing DW. 1988. Structural equation modeling in practice: A review and recommended two-step approach. Psychol Bull. 103:411.

Bell RC, Zamudio KR. 2012. Sexual dichromatism in frogs: Natural selection, sexual selection and unexpected diversity. Proc Roy Soc Lond B Biol Sci. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1609 [OpenAIRE]

Bortolotti GR, Negro JJ, Tella JL, Marchant TA, Bird DM. 1996. Sexual dichromatism in birds independent of diet, parasites and androgens. Proc Royal Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 263:1171-1176.

Brand G, Millot J. 2001. Sex differences in human olfaction: Between evidence and enigma. Q J Exp Psychol B. 54:259-270.

Carrito ML, Santos IM, Lefevre CE, Whitehead RD, Silva CF, Perrett DI. 2016. The role of sexually dimorphic skin colour and shape in attractiveness of male faces. Evol Human Behav. 37:125-333.

Cobey KD, Little AC, Roberts SC. 2015. Hormonal effects on women's facial masculinity preferences: The influence of pregnancy, post-partum, and hormonal contraceptive use. Biol Psychol. 104:35-40.

Cornwell RE, Boothroyd L, Burt DM, Feinberg DR, Jones BC, Little AC, Pitman R, Whiten S, Perrett DI. 2004. Concordant preferences for oppositesex signals? Human pheromones and facial characteristics. Proc Royal Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 271:635-640. [OpenAIRE]

Dale J, Dey CJ, Delhey K, Kempenaers B, Valcu M. 2015. The effects of life history and sexual selection on male and female plumage colouration. Nature. 527:367-370. [OpenAIRE]

DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Little AC, Boothroyd LG, Perrett DI, Penton-Voak IS, Cooper PA, Penke L, Feinberg DR, Tiddeman BP. 2006. Correlated preferences for facial masculinity and ideal or actual partner's masculinity. Proc Royal Soc B Biol Sci. 273:1355-1360.

DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Smith FG, Little AC. 2010. Are attractive men's faces masculine or feminine? The importance of controlling confounds in face stimuli. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Performan. 36:751. [OpenAIRE]

Doty RL, Orndorff MM, Leyden J, Kligman A. 1978. Communication of gender from human axillary odors: relationship to perceived intensity and hedonicity. Behav Biol. 23:373-380. [OpenAIRE]

Fink B, Bunse L, Matts PJ, D'Emiliano D. 2012. Visible skin colouration predicts perception of male facial age, health and attractiveness. Int J Cosmet Sci. 34:307-310. [OpenAIRE]

Fink B, Grammer K, Matts PJ. 2006. Visible skin color distribution plays a role in the perception of age, attractiveness, and health in female faces. Evol Hum Behav 27:433-442. [OpenAIRE]

72 references, page 1 of 5
Abstract
This work was supported by Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia and Programa Operacional de Potencial Humano/Fundo Social Europeu (SFRH/BD/77592/2011 to M.L.C.). A recent study claimed face skin color as a sexually dimorphic variable that influences attractiveness preferences in mate choice. Thereby, skin color may assume the role of a mate quality signal influencing attractiveness preferences. As body odor is linked to attractiveness, this study aimed to explore whether the odors of men with more masculine facial skin color would be evaluated more positively than odors from less masculine men. Female raters were presented with body odors of 18 men and were as...
Subjects
Medical Subject Headings: psychological phenomena and processes
free text keywords: Adolescent, Adult, Face, Female, Humans, Male, Sex Characteristics, Skin Pigmentation, Young Adult, Masculinity, Smell, Olfaction, Scent, Attractiveness, Sexual dimorphism, Male coloration, Mate preferences, BF Psychology, NDAS, BF, Skin color, Social psychology, Cognition, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Odor, Psychology, Mate choice
Funded by
FCT| SFRH/BD/77592/2011
Project
SFRH/BD/77592/2011
FACE PREFERENCES IN DIFFERENT RELATIONSHIP CONTEXTS: THE INFLUENCE OF SEXUAL DIMORPHISM, TRUSTWORTHINESS, EMOTION AND SELF-ATTRACTIVENESS
  • Funder: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia, I.P. (FCT)
  • Project Code: SFRH/BD/77592/2011
  • Funding stream: SFRH | Doutoramento
72 references, page 1 of 5

Alho L, Soares SC, Ferreira J, Rocha M, Silva CF, Olsson MJ. 2015. Nosewitness identification: effects of negative emotion. PLoS One. 10:e0116706. [OpenAIRE]

Allen C, Cobey KD, Havlíček J, Roberts SC. 2016. The impact of artificial fragrances on the assessment of mate quality cues in body odor. Evol Hum Behav. 37:481-489. [OpenAIRE]

Anderson JC, Gerbing DW. 1988. Structural equation modeling in practice: A review and recommended two-step approach. Psychol Bull. 103:411.

Bell RC, Zamudio KR. 2012. Sexual dichromatism in frogs: Natural selection, sexual selection and unexpected diversity. Proc Roy Soc Lond B Biol Sci. doi:10.1098/rspb.2012.1609 [OpenAIRE]

Bortolotti GR, Negro JJ, Tella JL, Marchant TA, Bird DM. 1996. Sexual dichromatism in birds independent of diet, parasites and androgens. Proc Royal Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 263:1171-1176.

Brand G, Millot J. 2001. Sex differences in human olfaction: Between evidence and enigma. Q J Exp Psychol B. 54:259-270.

Carrito ML, Santos IM, Lefevre CE, Whitehead RD, Silva CF, Perrett DI. 2016. The role of sexually dimorphic skin colour and shape in attractiveness of male faces. Evol Human Behav. 37:125-333.

Cobey KD, Little AC, Roberts SC. 2015. Hormonal effects on women's facial masculinity preferences: The influence of pregnancy, post-partum, and hormonal contraceptive use. Biol Psychol. 104:35-40.

Cornwell RE, Boothroyd L, Burt DM, Feinberg DR, Jones BC, Little AC, Pitman R, Whiten S, Perrett DI. 2004. Concordant preferences for oppositesex signals? Human pheromones and facial characteristics. Proc Royal Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 271:635-640. [OpenAIRE]

Dale J, Dey CJ, Delhey K, Kempenaers B, Valcu M. 2015. The effects of life history and sexual selection on male and female plumage colouration. Nature. 527:367-370. [OpenAIRE]

DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Little AC, Boothroyd LG, Perrett DI, Penton-Voak IS, Cooper PA, Penke L, Feinberg DR, Tiddeman BP. 2006. Correlated preferences for facial masculinity and ideal or actual partner's masculinity. Proc Royal Soc B Biol Sci. 273:1355-1360.

DeBruine LM, Jones BC, Smith FG, Little AC. 2010. Are attractive men's faces masculine or feminine? The importance of controlling confounds in face stimuli. J Exp Psychol Hum Percept Performan. 36:751. [OpenAIRE]

Doty RL, Orndorff MM, Leyden J, Kligman A. 1978. Communication of gender from human axillary odors: relationship to perceived intensity and hedonicity. Behav Biol. 23:373-380. [OpenAIRE]

Fink B, Bunse L, Matts PJ, D'Emiliano D. 2012. Visible skin colouration predicts perception of male facial age, health and attractiveness. Int J Cosmet Sci. 34:307-310. [OpenAIRE]

Fink B, Grammer K, Matts PJ. 2006. Visible skin color distribution plays a role in the perception of age, attractiveness, and health in female faces. Evol Hum Behav 27:433-442. [OpenAIRE]

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