Women's hormone levels modulate the motivational salience of facial attractiveness and sexual dimorphism

  title={Women's hormone levels modulate the motivational salience of facial attractiveness and sexual dimorphism},
  author={Hongyi Wang and Amanda C. Hahn and Claire I Fisher and Lisa Marie DeBruine and Benedict C. Jones},

Does testosterone predict women’s preference for facial masculinity?

Investigation of putative relationships between salivary testosterone and facial masculinity preferences in a sample of 68 women found no significant associations between masculinity preferences and either individual differences or within-woman changes in testosterone, and found however, that sociosexuality was positively correlated with masculinity preferences.

The role of sex hormones and social determinants in assessment of facial attractiveness.

This study contributes to the knowledge on the role of sex hormones in human sexuality and partner choice by assessing the factors of attractiveness of opposite-sex individuals based on evaluating photographs of their faces.

The Motivational Salience of Faces Is Related to Both Their Valence and Dominance

The results show that at least two dissociable components underpin the motivational salience of faces in humans and present new evidence for similarities in how humans and non-human primates respond to facial cues of dominance.

Sex and Physiological Cycles Affect the Automatic Perception of Attractive Opposite-Sex Faces: A Visual Mismatch Negativity Study

The long vMMN latency in females during ovulatory period suggested a special reproductive motivation to avoid being tainted by genes, which takes priority over the breeding motivation.

Variation in men's mate preferences and mating strategies

The vast majority of research investigating mating strategies and mate preferences focused on variation among and within women. However, there are strong theoretical reasons to expect systematic

Social perception of faces and bodies : the relationships among motivational salience, social perception, and hormones

Social perception (i.e., the formation of impressions based on perceivable cues) of both faces and bodies is an integral part of social interaction and can influence and can be influenced by many

Hahn 1 A longitudinal analysis of women ’ s salivary testosterone and intrasexual competitiveness Short title : Sex hormones and intrasexual competition

Research on within-subject changes in women’s intrasexual competitiveness has generally focused on possible relationships between women’s intrasexual competitiveness and estimates of their fertility.



Women's estradiol predicts preference for facial cues of men's testosterone

Changes in estradiol predict within-women shifts in attraction to facial cues of men's testosterone

Gender differences in the motivational processing of facial beauty.

Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces

Gender differences in the incentive salience of adult and infant faces

Gender differences were found such that infants held greater incentive salience among women, although both sexes differentiated infant faces based on cuteness, and among adult faces, men exerted more effort than women to view opposite-sex faces.

Female intrasexual competition decreases female facial attractiveness

  • M. L. Fisher
  • Psychology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 2004
During periods of high oestrogen, competition, and hence derogation, increased, as evidenced by lower ratings of female facial attractiveness, which supports the theory of female intrasexual competition with respect to attractiveness.

Preference for Darker Faces in Photographs at Different Phases of the Menstrual Cycle: Preliminary Assessment of Evidence for a Hormonal Relationship

  • P. Frost
  • Psychology
    Perceptual and motor skills
  • 1994
A mental mechanism whose inputs are hormonal state, visual identification of the sex of the face being observed, and visual recognition of complexion, and whose output enters into evaluation of male and female faces is suggested.

Person Perception Across the Menstrual Cycle: Hormonal Influences on Social-Cognitive Functioning

It is demonstrated that women's cycle-dependent attentiveness to “maleness” also extends to basic aspects of the person-perception process, and during the phase of high conception risk, women displayed an enhanced ability both to categorize men and to access associated category-related material from semantic memory.