Men's facial masculinity : when (body) size matters
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Recent studies suggest that judgments of facial masculinity reflect more than sexually dimorphic shape. Here, we investigated whether the perception of masculinity is influenced by facial cues to body height and weight. We used the average differences in 3D face shape of 40 men and 40 women to compute a morphological masculinity score, and derived analogous measures for facial correlates of height and weight based on the average face shape of short and tall, and light and heavy men. We found that facial cues to body height and weight had substantial and independent effects on the perception of masculinity. Our findings suggest that men are perceived as more masculine if they appear taller and heavier, independent of how much their face shape differs from women’s. We describe a simple method to quantify how body traits are reflected in the face and to define the physical basis of psychological attributions.
Holzleitner , I J , Hunter , D W , Tiddeman , B , Seck , A , Re , D E & Perrett , D I 2014 , ' Men's facial masculinity : when (body) size matters ' Perception , vol 43 , no. 11 , pp. 1191-1202 . DOI: 10.1068/p7673
Copyright © 2014 a Pion publication. Iris J Holzleitner, David W Hunter, Bernard P Tiddeman, Alassane Seck, Daniel E Re, David I Perrett, 2014. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Perception 43(11), 1191-1202, DOI: 10.1068/p7673.
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