Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces

Lisa Welling, Benedict Christopher Jones, Lisa Marie Debruine, C. A. Conway, M. J. Law Smith, A. C. Little, D. R. Feinberg, M. A. Sharp, E. A. S. Al-Dujaili

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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. 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 contributes to cyclic shifts in women's face preferences independently of progesterone.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-161
Number of pages6
JournalHormones and Behavior
Volume52
Issue number2
Early online date24 Apr 2007
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2007

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Keywords

  • face perception
  • attractiveness
  • sexual dimorphism
  • testosterone
  • menstrual cycle
  • androgen

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Welling, L., Jones, B. C., Debruine, L. M., Conway, C. A., Law Smith, M. J., Little, A. C., ... Al-Dujaili, E. A. S. (2007). Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces. Hormones and Behavior, 52(2), 156-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.01.010

Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces. / Welling, Lisa; Jones, Benedict Christopher; Debruine, Lisa Marie; Conway, C. A.; Law Smith, M. J.; Little, A. C.; Feinberg, D. R.; Sharp, M. A.; Al-Dujaili, E. A. S.

In: Hormones and Behavior, Vol. 52, No. 2, 08.2007, p. 156-161.

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Welling, L, Jones, BC, Debruine, LM, Conway, CA, Law Smith, MJ, Little, AC, Feinberg, DR, Sharp, MA & Al-Dujaili, EAS 2007, 'Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces', Hormones and Behavior, vol. 52, no. 2, pp. 156-161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yhbeh.2007.01.010
Welling, Lisa ; Jones, Benedict Christopher ; Debruine, Lisa Marie ; Conway, C. A. ; Law Smith, M. J. ; Little, A. C. ; Feinberg, D. R. ; Sharp, M. A. ; Al-Dujaili, E. A. S. / Raised salivary testosterone in women is associated with increased attraction to masculine faces. In: Hormones and Behavior. 2007 ; Vol. 52, No. 2. pp. 156-161.
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