No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women's sexual desire

Zhang, W., Hahn, A. C. , Cai, Z., Lee, A. J. , Holzleitner, I. J. , Debruine, L. M. and Jones, B. C. (2018) No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women's sexual desire. PLoS ONE, 13(7), e0200308. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0200308) (PMID:30020967) (PMCID:PMC6051631)

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Abstract

Facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) has been linked to many different behavioral tendencies. However, not all of these correlations have replicated well across samples. Arnocky et al. (in press, Archives of Sexual Behavior) recently reported that sexual desire was correlated with fWHR. The current study aimed to test this relationship in a large sample of women. fWHR was measured from face images of 754 women. Each woman completed the Sexual Desire Inventory, which measures total, dyadic, and solitary sexual desire. Analyses revealed no significant correlations between fWHR and any of our measures of sexual desire. These null results do not support the hypothesis that fWHR is related to women’s sexual desire. Additionally, we found no evidence that women’s face-shape sexual dimorphism was related to their sociosexual orientation.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hahn, Dr Amanda and Debruine, Professor Lisa and Lee, Dr Anthony and Jones, Professor Benedict and Holzleitner, Dr Iris
Creator Roles:
Hahn, A. C.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – review and editing
Lee, A. J.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – review and editing
Holzleitner, I. J.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – original draft
DeBruine, L. M.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Software, Writing – review and editing
Jones, B. C.Conceptualization, Formal analysis, Methodology, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Zhang, W., Hahn, A. C., Cai, Z., Lee, A. J., Holzleitner, I. J., Debruine, L. M., and Jones, B. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology
Journal Name:PLoS ONE
Publisher:Public Library of Science
ISSN:1932-6203
ISSN (Online):1932-6203
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First Published:First published in PLoS ONE 13(7): e0200308
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