Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces

Benedict C. Jones, Anthony C. Little, Lynda G. Boothroyd, David R. Feinberg, R. Elisabeth Cornwell, Lisa M. DeBruine, S. Craig Roberts, Ian S. Penton-Voak, Miriam J. Law Smith, Fhionna R. Moore, Hasker P. Davis, David I. Perrett

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Physical condition (e.g., health, fertility) influences female mate preferences in many species, with females in good condition preferring "higher quality" (e.g., healthier) mates. In humans, condition may comprise both physical (e.g., health and fertility) and psychological factors (e.g., stress, anxiety, and depression). We found that women with low waist-to-hip ratios (indicating health and fertility) or who scored low on anxiety, depression, and stress measures expressed greater attraction to composite male (but not female) faces with color and texture cues associated with apparent health than did women with relatively high waist-to-hip ratios or who scored relatively high on the anxiety, depression, and stress measures. These effects of physical and psychological condition were independent and were not mediated by women's perceptions of their own attractiveness. Our findings indicate that women's physical and psychological conditions both contribute to individual differences in face preferences.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Volume26
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2005

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Jones, B. C., Little, A. C., Boothroyd, L. G., Feinberg, D. R., Cornwell, R. E., DeBruine, L. M., ... Perrett, D. I. (2005). Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces. Evolution and Human Behavior, 26(6), 451-457. DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2005.05.001

Jones, Benedict C.; Little, Anthony C.; Boothroyd, Lynda G.; Feinberg, David R.; Cornwell, R. Elisabeth; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Roberts, S. Craig; Penton-Voak, Ian S.; Law Smith, Miriam J.; Moore, Fhionna R.; Davis, Hasker P.; Perrett, David I. / Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces.

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 26, No. 6, 11.2005, p. 451-457.

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Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces. / Jones, Benedict C.; Little, Anthony C.; Boothroyd, Lynda G.; Feinberg, David R.; Cornwell, R. Elisabeth; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Roberts, S. Craig; Penton-Voak, Ian S.; Law Smith, Miriam J.; Moore, Fhionna R.; Davis, Hasker P.; Perrett, David I.

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 26, No. 6, 11.2005, p. 451-457.

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Jones BC, Little AC, Boothroyd LG, Feinberg DR, Cornwell RE, DeBruine LM et al. Women's physical and psychological condition independently predict their preference for apparent health in faces. Evolution and Human Behavior. 2005 Nov;26(6):451-457. Available from, DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2005.05.001