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Testosterone and financial risk preferences
It is found that risk-taking in an investment game with potential for real monetary payoffs correlates positively with salivary testosterone levels and facial masculinity, with the latter being a proxy of pubertal hormone exposure.
Manipulations of fundamental and formant frequencies influence the attractiveness of human male voices
In human voices, low fundamental frequency is thought to be a cue to masculinity and reproductive capability and large vocal tracts are associated with large body size of the speaker. Female
Facial attractiveness: evolutionary based research
The research relating to these issues highlights flexible, sophisticated systems that support and promote adaptive responses to faces that appear to function to maximize the benefits of both the authors' mate choices and more general decisions about other types of social partners.
Symmetry, sexual dimorphism in facial proportions and male facial attractiveness
Here, real and computer graphic male faces are used in order to demonstrate that symmetric faces are more attractive, but not reliably more masculine than less symmetry faces and that asymmetric faces possess characteristics that are attractive independent of symmetry, but that these characteristics remain at present undefined.
Personality judgments from natural and composite facial images: More evidence for a "kernel of truth" in social perception
In addition to signaling identity, sex, age, and emotional state, people frequently use facial characteristics as a basis for personality attributions. Typically, there is a high degree of consensus
Partnership status and the temporal context of relationships influence human female preferences for sexual dimorphism in male face shape
It is found that preferences for masculinity are increased when women either have a partner or are considering a short–term relationship, and that individuals using oral contraception do not show the above effects, indicating that such hormonal intervention potentially disrupts women's choices for evolutionarily relevant benefits from males.
Facial appearance affects voting decisions.
Human groups are unusual among primates in that our leaders are often democratically selected. Faces affect hiring decisions and could influence voting behavior. Here, we show that facial appearance
Facial symmetry and judgements of apparent health: Support for a “good genes” explanation of the attractiveness–symmetry relationship
Abstract The "good genes" explanation of attractiveness posits that mate preferences favour healthy individuals due to direct and indirect benefits associated with the selection of a healthy mate.
Menstrual cycle, pregnancy and oral contraceptive use alter attraction to apparent health in faces
Findings indicate raised progesterone level is associated with increased attraction to facial cues associated with possible direct benefits and suggest that women's face preferences are influenced by adaptations that compensate for weakened immune system responses during pregnancy and reduce the risk of infection disrupting foetal development.