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dc.contributor.authorStephen, Ian D.
dc.contributor.authorOldham, Francesca H.
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, David I.
dc.contributor.authorBarton, Robert A.
dc.identifier.citationStephen , I D , Oldham , F H , Perrett , D I & Barton , R A 2012 , ' Redness enhances perceived aggression, dominance and attractiveness in men's faces ' , Evolutionary Psychology , vol. 10 , no. 3 , pp. 562-572 .en
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 38619965
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: dcf9a424-a728-4f78-8006-317110823b8c
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000309805900012
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84872425057
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6025-0939/work/64360904
dc.descriptionThis work was supported by the BBSRC, Unilever Research and the ESRC.en
dc.description.abstractIn a range of non-human primate, bird and fish species, the intensity of red coloration in males is associated with social dominance, testosterone levels and mate selection. In humans too, skin redness is associated with health, but it is not known whether - as in non-human species - it is also associated with dominance and links to attractiveness have not been thoroughly investigated. Here we allow female participants to manipulate the CIELab a* value (red-green axis) of skin to maximize the perceived aggression, dominance and attractiveness of photographs of men's faces, and make two findings. First, participants increased a* (increasing redness) to enhance each attribute, suggesting that facial redness is perceived as conveying similar information about a male's qualities in humans as it does in non-human species. Second, there were significant differences between trial types: the highest levels of red were associated with aggression, an intermediate level with dominance, and the least with attractiveness. These differences may reflect a trade-off between the benefits of selecting a healthy, dominant partner and the negative consequences of aggression.
dc.relation.ispartofEvolutionary Psychologyen
dc.rightsThis is an open access article published in Evolutionary Psychology, available at www.epjournal.neten
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleRedness enhances perceived aggression, dominance and attractiveness in men's facesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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