Beauty Is Mostly in the Eye of the Beholder: Olfactory Versus Visual Cues of Attractiveness

@article{Foster2008BeautyIM,
  title={Beauty Is Mostly in the Eye of the Beholder: Olfactory Versus Visual Cues of Attractiveness},
  author={J. Foster},
  journal={The Journal of Social Psychology},
  year={2008},
  volume={148},
  pages={765 - 774}
}
  • J. Foster
  • Published 2008
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • The Journal of Social Psychology
  • Olfaction is an important determinant of attractiveness, possibly even more so than vision when judgments are made by women. However, research that directly compares these cues using actual stimuli (e.g., t-shirt odors) is lacking. In this study, 44 women rated the attractiveness of t-shirt odors and facial photographs of 21 men either independently (i.e., first rated t-shirts, then rated photographs) or together (i.e., made overall ratings on the basis of t-shirts and photographs presented… CONTINUE READING
    13 Citations

    Topics from this paper

    GRANT journal (05/01)
    • PDF
    What's in a Kiss? The Effect of Romantic Kissing on Mate Desirability
    • R. Wlodarski, R. Dunbar
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Evolutionary psychology : an international journal of evolutionary approaches to psychology and behavior
    • 2014
    • 12
    Do Single Men Smell and Look Different to Partnered Men?
    • 4
    • Highly Influenced
    • PDF
    Food cues, widespread resource availability, and kin relationships influence charitable giving
    The effects of scent on consumer behaviour
    • 32
    • PDF
    Always follow your nose: The functional significance of social chemosignals in human reproduction and survival
    • 68

    References

    SHOWING 1-10 OF 10 REFERENCES
    Human body odour, symmetry and attractiveness
    • A. Rikowski, K. Grammer
    • Medicine, Psychology
    • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
    • 1999
    • 307
    • PDF
    The scent of symmetry: A human sex pheromone that signals fitness?
    • 388
    • Highly Influential
    • PDF
    Differential use of sensory information in sexual behavior as a function of gender
    • 114
    The self-reported importance of olfaction during human mate choice
    • 18
    • PDF
    Judging Physical Attractiveness
    • 149
    Body odour preferences in men and women: do they aim for specific MHC combinations or simply heterozygosity?
    • C. Wedekind, S. Füri
    • Biology, Medicine
    • Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
    • 1997
    • 456
    Received December
    • Received December
    • 2006
    Gender differences in beliefs about the causes of male and female desire
    • Personal Relationships
    • 1995