Is Preference for Ovulatory Female's Faces Associated with Men's Testosterone Levels?

Bobst, Cora; Lobmaier, Janek (2014). Is Preference for Ovulatory Female's Faces Associated with Men's Testosterone Levels? Hormones and behavior, 66(3), pp. 487-492. Elsevier 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.06.015

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Women’s ovulation is perceivable with different senses. Already subtle face shape differences are enough to trigger men’s preference for the ovulatory female. The aim of the present study is to investigate if men’s testosterone level can be linked to their preference for the ovulatory female. Thirty-nine heterosexual participants were shown face pairs of which one of them was transformed to the shape of a prototype face of a woman in her luteal cycle phase and the other was transformed to the shape of a prototype face of an ovulatory woman. Participants were asked to choose the face which they perceived as being more attractive (attractiveness task), or the woman with whom they would have better chances to get a date (dating task). In both tasks, the ovulatory female was chosen more often. Testosterone was not predictive for the chosen face; regardless of testosterone level men preferred the ovulatory woman. However testosterone predicted how confident the men were with their choice. Men with lower testosterone levels were more confident with their choice than men with higher testosterone levels.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

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

UniBE Contributor:

Bobst, Cora and Lobmaier, Janek

Subjects:

100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology

ISSN:

0018-506X

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Janek Lobmaier

Date Deposited:

01 Sep 2014 09:34

Last Modified:

17 Aug 2018 14:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.yhbeh.2014.06.015

PubMed ID:

24975650

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.54623

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/54623

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