Like father, like self

emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces

Christopher D. Watkins, Lisa M. DeBruine, Finlay G. Smith, Benedict C. Jones, Jovana Vukovic, Paul J. Fraccaro

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Abstract

Objective: Studies showing effects of self-resemblance for both same-sex and opposite-sex faces have been interpreted as evidence for self-referential phenotype matching. However, research on sex-contingent face processing suggests that visual experience with faces of one sex has little influence on perceptions of faces of the other sex, calling into question how self-referential phenotype matching can influence perceptions of opposite-sex faces. Because children resemble their parents, here we test whether familial imprinting can influence preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex faces.

Methods: 116 women were paired with age- and ethnicity-matched controls. Each pair viewed the same set of faces. Participants chose the more attractive face from 10 pairs of self- versus other-resembling faces and 10 pairs of control- versus other-resembling faces. Self-resemblance preference was scored as the number of times each participant chose the self-resembling faces minus the number of times their control chose those same faces. Participants also rated how much emotional support they received from their father and mother.

Results: Women’s reported emotional closeness to father was positively correlated with their self-resemblance preferences for male faces only. Women’s reported emotional closeness to mother was not related to self-resemblance preferences for either male or female faces. As in previous research, self-resemblance preferences were greater for same- than opposite-sex faces.

Conclusion: These findings implicate familial imprinting in preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex individuals and raise the possibility that familial imprinting and self-referential phenotype matching have context-specific effects on attitudes to self-resemblance.
Original languageEnglish
Pages101
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 26 Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventEuropean Human Behavior and Evolution Association - University of Giessen, Giessen, Germany
Duration: 24 Mar 201126 Mar 2011
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ConferenceEuropean Human Behavior and Evolution Association
Abbreviated titleEHBEA
CountryGermany
CityGiessen
Period24/03/1126/03/11
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Watkins, C. D., DeBruine, L. M., Smith, F. G., Jones, B. C., Vukovic, J., & Fraccaro, P. J. (2011). Like father, like self: emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces . 101. Poster session presented at European Human Behavior and Evolution Association, Giessen, Germany.
Watkins, Christopher D. ; DeBruine, Lisa M. ; Smith, Finlay G. ; Jones, Benedict C. ; Vukovic, Jovana ; Fraccaro, Paul J. / Like father, like self : emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces . Poster session presented at European Human Behavior and Evolution Association, Giessen, Germany.1 p.
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Watkins, CD, DeBruine, LM, Smith, FG, Jones, BC, Vukovic, J & Fraccaro, PJ 2011, 'Like father, like self: emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces ' European Human Behavior and Evolution Association, Giessen, Germany, 24/03/11 - 26/03/11, pp. 101.

Like father, like self : emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces . / Watkins, Christopher D.; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Smith, Finlay G.; Jones, Benedict C.; Vukovic, Jovana; Fraccaro, Paul J.

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Watkins CD, DeBruine LM, Smith FG, Jones BC, Vukovic J, Fraccaro PJ. Like father, like self: emotional closeness to father, but not mother, predicts women’s preferences for self-resemblance in opposite-sex, but not same-sex, faces . 2011. Poster session presented at European Human Behavior and Evolution Association, Giessen, Germany.