Menstrual cycle, pregnancy and oral contraceptive use alter attraction to apparent health in faces.

@article{Jones2005MenstrualCP,
  title={Menstrual cycle, pregnancy and oral contraceptive use alter attraction to apparent health in faces.},
  author={Benedict C Jones and David I Perrett and Anthony C. Little and Lynda G. Boothroyd and R. Elisabeth Cornwell and David Feinberg and Bernard Paul Tiddeman and Susie Whiten and Robert M Pitman and Stephen G. Hillier and D Michael Burt and Michael R. Stirrat and Miriam J. Law Smith and Fhionna Moore},
  journal={Proceedings. Biological sciences},
  year={2005},
  volume={272 1561},
  pages={347-54}
}
Previous studies demonstrating changes in women's face preferences have emphasized increased attraction to cues to possible indirect benefits (e.g. heritable immunity to infection) that coincides with periods of high fertility (e.g. the late follicular phase of the menstrual cycle). By contrast, here we show that when choosing between composite faces with raised or lowered apparent health, women's preferences for faces that are perceived as healthy are (i) stronger during the luteal phase of… CONTINUE READING
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