Publication Type

Journal Article

Version

Postprint

Publication Date

3-2014

Abstract

Previous research shows that men with higher facial width-to-height ratios (fWHRs) have higher testosterone, are more aggressive, more powerful, and more financially successful, but are they more attractive to women in an ecologically valid mating context, speed-dating? Male fWHR was positively associated with perceptions of dominance, being chosen for a second date, and attractiveness to women for short-term, but not long-term relationships. Perceived dominance mediated (by itself and through physical attractiveness) the relationship between fWHR and women’s interest in short-term relationships. Furthermore, men’s perceptions of own dominance reflected patterns in mating desirability similar to those of fWHR. These results support the idea that fWHR is a physical marker of dominance. This is the first study to show that men with high fWHR are attractive to women for short-term relationships, and that male dominance is attractive in an interactive situation that could actually lead to dating and mating.

Keywords

good genes sexual selection, dominance, facial width-to-height ratio, speed-dating, mate selection

Discipline

Gender and Sexuality | Social Psychology

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

Psychological Science

Volume

25

Issue

3

First Page

806

Last Page

811

ISSN

0956-7976

Identifier

10.1177/0956797613511823

Publisher

SAGE

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0956797613511823

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