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dc.contributor.authorCarrito, Mariana
dc.contributor.authorSantos, Isabel Maria Barbas dos
dc.contributor.authorLefevre, Carmen Emilia
dc.contributor.authorWhitehead, Ross David
dc.contributor.authorSilva, Carlos Fernandes da
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, David Ian
dc.identifier.citationCarrito , M , Santos , I M B D , Lefevre , C E , Whitehead , R D , Silva , C F D & Perrett , D I 2016 , ' The role of sexually dimorphic skin colour and shape in attractiveness of male faces ' , Evolution and Human Behavior , vol. 37 , no. 2 , pp. 125–133 .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 219965135
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 1b2c18c1-a7b2-42ea-a1e0-b9befd83b8f1
dc.identifier.otherRIS: urn:69486001EF41A1069FEF10763D12E165
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 84960230498
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000370888300005
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6025-0939/work/64360981
dc.descriptionThis research was supported by funding from Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the POPH/FSE Program (grant reference SFRH/BD/77592/2011).en
dc.description.abstractEvidence for attraction to sexually dimorphic features in male faces is inconsistent in the literature. Mixed results regarding facial masculinity and male attractiveness may arise partly from different influences of face shape and face colouration depending on whether colour was controlled. Recent research suggests that masculinity in face colour, namely darker skin, and femininity in shape are attractive in male faces. Here we examine the influence of sexual dimorphism in skin colour and face shape on attractiveness in 3 experiments. We allowed female participants to manipulate male and female face images along axes of sexual dimorphism in skin colour and/or shape in order to optimise attractiveness. Participants searching for the most attractive appearance chose to masculinise the colour of male faces more than the colour of female faces (although not reaching significance in Experiment 3; p = .16). We found a clear preference for feminine shape in male faces supporting predictions of recent research. These results help to clarify the influence of facial masculinity in women’s attractiveness preferences.
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dc.subjectFace perceptionen
dc.subjectSexual dimorphismen
dc.subjectFace shapeen
dc.subjectSkin colouren
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleThe role of sexually dimorphic skin colour and shape in attractiveness of male facesen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Medicineen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Child and Adolescent Health Research Uniten
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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