The myth of hidden ovulation: Shape and texture changes in the face during the menstrual cycle

Oberzaucher, E., Katina, S., Schmehl, S.F., Holzleitner, I.J. , Mehu-Blantar, I. and Grammer, K. (2012) The myth of hidden ovulation: Shape and texture changes in the face during the menstrual cycle. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 10(4), pp. 163-175. (doi:10.1556/JEP.10.2012.4.1) (PMID:25393300) (PMCID:PMC4231075)

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Abstract

In recent years, evidence has been gathered indicating increased attractiveness of female faces at the point of ovulation. In this paper, we asked what changes in facial appearance occur during menstrual cycle that lead to this shift in attractiveness. We analysed facial photographs of 20 young women with a normal cycle. We found evidence for textural changes, as well as shape changes that might account for the ovulatory peak in attractiveness. Generally, facial shape at ovulation is perceived as more attractive — and ovulating women are perceived as more attractive the closer their face shape is to the “ovulation shape”. These findings support the hypothesis that attractive signals might be rooted in signals of fertility.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Holzleitner, Dr Iris
Authors: Oberzaucher, E., Katina, S., Schmehl, S.F., Holzleitner, I.J., Mehu-Blantar, I., and Grammer, K.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:Journal of Evolutionary Psychology
Publisher:Akadémiai Kiadó
ISSN:1789-2082
ISSN (Online):1589-7397
Published Online:08 February 2012
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Akadémiai Kiadó
First Published:First published in Journal of Evolutionary Psychology 10(4):163-175
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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