Early follicular testosterone level predicts preference for masculinity in male faces — But not for women taking hormonal contraception

Bobst, Cora; Sauter, Sabine; Foppa, Andrina; Lobmaier, Janek S. (2014). Early follicular testosterone level predicts preference for masculinity in male faces — But not for women taking hormonal contraception. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 41, pp. 142-150. Elsevier 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.12.012

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It has been shown that women’s preference for masculinity in male faces changes across the menstrual cycle. Preference for masculinity is stronger when conception probability is high than when it is low. These findings have been linked to cyclic fluctuations of hormone levels. The purpose of the present study is to further investigate the link between gonadal steroids (i.e. testosterone, estradiol, and progesterone) and masculinity preference in women, while holding the cycle phase constant. Sixty-two female participants were tested in their early follicular cycle phase, when conception probability is low. Participants were shown face pairs and where asked to choose the more attractive face. Face pairs consisted of a masculinized and feminized version of the same face. For naturally cycling women we found a positive relationship between saliva testosterone levels and masculinity preference, but there was no link between any hormones and masculinity preference for women taking hormonal contraception. We conclude that in naturally cycling women early follicular testosterone levels are associated with masculinity preference. However, these hormonal links were not found for women with artificially modified hormonal levels, that is, for women taking hormonal contraception.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Personality Psychology, Differential Psychology and Diagnostics
10 Strategic Research Centers > Center for Cognition, Learning and Memory (CCLM)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Cognitive Psychology, Perception and Methodology > Biologische Psychologie (SNF)

UniBE Contributor:

Bobst, Cora; Sauter, Sabine and Lobmaier, Janek

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 370 Education
000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0306-4530

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Janek Lobmaier

Date Deposited:

17 Apr 2014 16:33

Last Modified:

11 Sep 2017 16:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.12.012

PubMed ID:

24495615

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.44346

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/44346

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