Little, A. C. and Burt, D. M. and Penton-Voak, I. S. and Perrett, D. I. (2001) 'Self-perceived attractiveness influences human female preferences for sexual dimorphism and symmetry in male faces.', Proceedings of the Royal Society series B : biological sciences., 268 (1462). pp. 39-44.
Exaggerated sexual dimorphism and symmetry in human faces have both been linked to potential 'good-gene' benefits and have also been found to influence the attractiveness of male faces. The current study explores how female self-rated attractiveness influences male face preference in females using faces manipulated with computer graphics. The study demonstrates that there is a relatively increased preference for masculinity and an increased preference for symmetry for women who regard themselves as attractive. This finding may reflect a condition-dependent mating strategy analogous to behaviours found in other species. The absence of a preference for proposed markers of good genes may be adaptive in women of low mate value to avoid the costs of decreased parental investment from the owners of such characteristics.
|Keywords:||Facial attractiveness, Female preference, Good-gene markers, Mate value.|
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|Publisher Web site:||http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2000.1327|
|Record Created:||30 Mar 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Aug 2010 12:14|
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