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Father-daughter relationship as a moderator of sexual imprinting : a facialmetric study.

Wiszewska, A. and Pawlowski, B. and Boothroyd, L. G. (2007) 'Father-daughter relationship as a moderator of sexual imprinting : a facialmetric study.', Evolution and human behavior., 28 (4). 248-252 .


This study investigated sexual imprinting in human females. Facial proportions of fathers were compared to the proportions of stimulus faces the participants found attractive. Women who rated their childhood relationships with their father highly showed a significantly stronger relationship between the proportions of their father's face and their chosen stimulus than other women, primarily concerning the central face area. Women who rated their fathers less highly did not show similarity between fathers' and stimulus' faces. This supports previous research using photographs of parents' and spouses' faces.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Facial attraction, Imprinting, Father–daughter relationship, Facial measurements, Mate preferences.
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Publisher statement:This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Evolution and Human Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Agnieszka Wiszewska, Boguslaw Pawlowski, Lynda G. Boothroyd, Father–daughter relationship as a moderator of sexual imprinting: a facialmetric study, Evolution and Human Behavior, Volume 28, Issue 4, July 2007,
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Date deposited:25 April 2014
Date of first online publication:July 2007
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