Do Cyclic Changes in Women's Face Preferences Target Cues to Long-Term Health?

Nicole Koehler, Gillian Rhodes, Leigh Simmons, L.A. Zebrowitz

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Abstract

A shift to prefer more masculine male faces when conception risk is high may be an adaptation for finding mates with good disease resistance. We investigated whether preferences for other facial cues to long-term health also increase when conception is likely. We examined preferences for the faces of men with good health histories and for facial averageness and symmetry, two putative indicators of health during development. Preferences were tested at two points in the menstrual cycle that differed maximally in conception risk. No cyclic changes in preferences were found. We consider implications for the sexual selection of variation in preferences across the menstrual cycle.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)641-656
JournalSocial Cognition
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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