Changes in salivary estradiol predict changes in women’s preferences for vocal masculinity

Pisanski, K., Hahn, A. C. , Fisher, C. I., DeBruine, L. M. , Feinberg, D. R. and Jones, B. C. (2014) Changes in salivary estradiol predict changes in women’s preferences for vocal masculinity. Hormones and Behavior, 66(3), pp. 493-497. (doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.07.006) (PMID:25051294)

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Although many studies have reported that women’s preferences for masculine physical characteristics in men change systematically during the menstrual cycle, the hormonal mechanisms underpinning these changes are currently poorly understood. Previous studies investigating the relationships between measured hormone levels and women’s masculinity preferences tested only judgments of men’s facial attractiveness. Results of these studies suggested that preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s faces were related to either women’s estradiol or testosterone levels. To investigate the hormonal correlates of within-woman variation in masculinity preferences further, here we measured 62 women’s salivary estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone levels and their preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s voices in five weekly test sessions. Multilevel modeling of these data showed that changes in salivary estradiol were the best predictor of changes in women’s preferences for vocal masculinity. These results complement other recent research implicating estradiol in women’s mate preferences, attention to courtship signals, sexual motivation, and sexual strategies, and are the first to link women’s voice preferences directly to measured hormone levels.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hahn, Dr Amanda and DeBruine, Professor Lisa and Jones, Professor Benedict and Fisher, Dr Claire
Authors: Pisanski, K., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, C. I., DeBruine, L. M., Feinberg, D. R., and Jones, B. C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Psychology & Neuroscience
Journal Name:Hormones and Behavior
ISSN (Online):1095-6867
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc.
First Published:First published in Hormones and Behavior 66(3):493-497
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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604381OCMATE: Do oral contraceptives alter women's mate preferences?Benedict JonesEuropean Research Council (ERC)OCMATE FP7ERC28RI NEUROSCIENCE & PSYCHOLOGY