No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status

Jones, B. C. et al. (2018) No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status. Psychological Science, 29(6), pp. 996-1005. (doi: 10.1177/0956797618760197) (PMID:29708849) (PMCID:PMC6099988)

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Although widely cited as strong evidence that sexual selection has shaped human facial-attractiveness judgments, findings suggesting that women’s preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s faces are related to women’s hormonal status are equivocal and controversial. Consequently, we conducted the largest-ever longitudinal study of the hormonal correlates of women’s preferences for facial masculinity (N = 584). Analyses showed no compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity were related to changes in women’s salivary steroid hormone levels. Furthermore, both within-subjects and between-subjects comparisons showed no evidence that oral contraceptive use decreased masculinity preferences. However, women generally preferred masculinized over feminized versions of men’s faces, particularly when assessing men’s attractiveness for short-term, rather than long-term, relationships. Our results do not support the hypothesized link between women’s preferences for facial masculinity and their hormonal status.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Han, Mr Chengyang and Wang, Dr Hongyi and Hahn, Dr Amanda and DeBruine, Professor Lisa and Fasolt, Vanessa and Morrison, Danielle and Kandrik, Dr Michal and Lee, Dr Anthony and O'Shea, Dr Kieran and Jones, Professor Benedict and Holzleitner, Dr Iris and Fisher, Dr Claire
Authors: Jones, B. C., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, C. I., Wang, H., Kandrik, M., Han, C., Fasolt, V., Morrison, D., Lee, A. J., Holzleitner, I. J., O'Shea, K. J., Roberts, S. C., Little, A. C., and Debruine, L. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Psychological Science
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1467-9280
Published Online:30 April 2018
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 The Authors
First Published:First published in Psychological Science 29(6): 996-1005
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604381OCMATE�\200\224 Do oral contraceptives alter women�\200\231s mate preferences?Benedict JonesEuropean Research Council (ERC)OCMATE FP7ERC282655RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY