Women's Preferences for Male Behavioral Displays Change Across the Menstrual Cycle

  title={Women's Preferences for Male Behavioral Displays Change Across the Menstrual Cycle},
  author={Steven W. Gangestad and Jeffry A. Simpson and Alita J. Cousins and Christine E. Garver-Apgar and P. Niels Christensen},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={203 - 207}
Women prefer both the scent of symmetrical men and masculine male faces more during the fertile (late follicular and ovulatory) phases of their menstrual cycles than during their infertile (e.g., luteal) phases. Men's behavioral displays in social settings may convey signals that affect women's attraction to men even more strongly. This study examined shifts in women's preferences for these behavioral displays. A sample of 237 normally ovulating women viewed 36 or 40 videotaped men who were… 

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