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



Welling, L and Jones, B and Debruine, L and Conway, C A and Lawsmith, M and Little, A and Feinberg, D and Sharp, M A and Al-Dujaili, Emad A S (2007) Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces. Hormones and Behavior, 52 (2). pp. 156-161. ISSN 0018506X

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Abstract

Women's preferences for masculinity in men's faces, voices and behavioral displays change during the menstrual cycle and are strongest around ovulation. While previous findings suggest that change in progesterone level is an important hormonal mechanism for such variation, it is likely that changes in the levels of other hormones will also contribute to cyclic variation in masculinity preferences. Here we compared women's preferences for masculine faces at two points in the menstrual cycle where women differed in salivary testosterone, but not in salivary progesterone or estrogen. Preferences for masculinity were strongest when women's testosterone levels were relatively high. Our findings complement those from previous studies that show systematic variation in masculinity preferences during the menstrual cycle and suggest that change in testosterone level may play an important role in cyclic shifts in women's preferences for masculine traits.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Face perception; Attractiveness; Sexual dimorphism; Testosterone; Menstrual cycle; Androgen
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Dietetics, Nutrition and Biological Sciences
Date Deposited: 28 Jan 2010 14:15
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2014 12:56
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1147

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