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Title: Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces.
Authors: Welling, L.L.M.
Jones, B.C.
DeBruine, L.M.
Conway, C.A.
Law Smith, M.J.
Little, A.C.
Feinberg, D.R.
Sharp, Martin A.
Al-Dujaili, E.A.S.
Citation: Hormones and Behavior, 52(2): 156-161
Publisher: Elsevier Science Direct
Journal: Hormones and Behavior
Issue Date: 2007
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/29501
DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.01.010
PubMed ID: 17559852
Additional Links: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6WGC-4NJWNY1-1&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=9367d96c6691540d8f0b6f5d8039f548
Abstract: Women's preferences for masculinity in men's faces, voices and behavioral displays change during the menstrual cycle and are strongest around ovulation. While previous findings suggest that change in progesterone level is an important hormonal mechanism for such variation, it is likely that changes in the levels of other hormones will also contribute to cyclic variation in masculinity preferences. Here we compared women's preferences for masculine faces at two points in the menstrual cycle where women differed in salivary testosterone, but not in salivary progesterone or estrogen. Preferences for masculinity were strongest when women's testosterone levels were relatively high. Our findings complement those from previous studies that show systematic variation in masculinity preferences during the menstrual cycle and suggest that change in testosterone level may play an important role in cyclic shifts in women's preferences for masculine traits.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Face perception
Attractiveness
Sexual dimorphism
Testosterone
Menstrual cycle
Androgen
MeSH: Adolescent
Adult
Beauty
Face
Female
Humans
Male
Pilot Projects
Saliva
Sexual Behavior
Social Desirability
Testosterone
ISSN: 0018-506X
Appears in Collections: Psychology of Health Research Group

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