Social influence in human face preference

men and women are influenced more for long-term than short-term attractiveness decisions

Anthony C. Little, Robert P. Burriss, Benedict C. Jones, Lisa M. DeBruine, Christine A. Caldwell

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

51 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

in nonhuman animals, mate-choice copying has received much attention, with studies demonstrating that females tend to copy the choices of other females for specific males. Here we show, for both men and women, that pairing with an attractive partner increases the attractiveness of opposite-sex faces for long-term relationship decisions but not short-term decisions. Our study therefore shows social transmission of face preference in humans, which may have important consequences for the evolution of human traits. Our study also highlights the flexibility of human mate choice and suggests that, for humans, learning about nonphysical traits that are important to pair-bonding drives copying-like behavior. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)140-146
Number of pages7
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Volume29
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Keywords

  • social transmission
  • facial attractiveness
  • mate-choice copying
  • learning
  • masculinity/femininity
  • sexual dimorphism
  • long-term/short-term
  • guppy poecilia-reticulata
  • human female preferences
  • mate-choice
  • sexual selection
  • coturnix-japonica
  • perception
  • dimorphism
  • oxytocin
  • masculinity

Cite this

Social influence in human face preference : men and women are influenced more for long-term than short-term attractiveness decisions. / Little, Anthony C.; Burriss, Robert P.; Jones, Benedict C.; DeBruine, Lisa M.; Caldwell, Christine A.

In: Evolution and Human Behavior, Vol. 29, No. 2, 03.2008, p. 140-146.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Little, Anthony C. ; Burriss, Robert P. ; Jones, Benedict C. ; DeBruine, Lisa M. ; Caldwell, Christine A. / Social influence in human face preference : men and women are influenced more for long-term than short-term attractiveness decisions. In: Evolution and Human Behavior. 2008 ; Vol. 29, No. 2. pp. 140-146.
@article{80ae41007e504a53807a92a5d5d1bbc3,
title = "Social influence in human face preference: men and women are influenced more for long-term than short-term attractiveness decisions",
abstract = "in nonhuman animals, mate-choice copying has received much attention, with studies demonstrating that females tend to copy the choices of other females for specific males. Here we show, for both men and women, that pairing with an attractive partner increases the attractiveness of opposite-sex faces for long-term relationship decisions but not short-term decisions. Our study therefore shows social transmission of face preference in humans, which may have important consequences for the evolution of human traits. Our study also highlights the flexibility of human mate choice and suggests that, for humans, learning about nonphysical traits that are important to pair-bonding drives copying-like behavior. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.",
keywords = "social transmission, facial attractiveness, mate-choice copying, learning, masculinity/femininity, sexual dimorphism, long-term/short-term, guppy poecilia-reticulata, human female preferences, mate-choice, sexual selection, coturnix-japonica, perception, dimorphism, oxytocin, masculinity",
author = "Little, {Anthony C.} and Burriss, {Robert P.} and Jones, {Benedict C.} and DeBruine, {Lisa M.} and Caldwell, {Christine A.}",
year = "2008",
month = "3",
doi = "10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2007.11.007",
language = "English",
volume = "29",
pages = "140--146",
journal = "Evolution and Human Behavior",
issn = "1090-5138",
publisher = "Elsevier Inc.",
number = "2",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - Social influence in human face preference

T2 - men and women are influenced more for long-term than short-term attractiveness decisions

AU - Little, Anthony C.

AU - Burriss, Robert P.

AU - Jones, Benedict C.

AU - DeBruine, Lisa M.

AU - Caldwell, Christine A.

PY - 2008/3

Y1 - 2008/3

N2 - in nonhuman animals, mate-choice copying has received much attention, with studies demonstrating that females tend to copy the choices of other females for specific males. Here we show, for both men and women, that pairing with an attractive partner increases the attractiveness of opposite-sex faces for long-term relationship decisions but not short-term decisions. Our study therefore shows social transmission of face preference in humans, which may have important consequences for the evolution of human traits. Our study also highlights the flexibility of human mate choice and suggests that, for humans, learning about nonphysical traits that are important to pair-bonding drives copying-like behavior. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

AB - in nonhuman animals, mate-choice copying has received much attention, with studies demonstrating that females tend to copy the choices of other females for specific males. Here we show, for both men and women, that pairing with an attractive partner increases the attractiveness of opposite-sex faces for long-term relationship decisions but not short-term decisions. Our study therefore shows social transmission of face preference in humans, which may have important consequences for the evolution of human traits. Our study also highlights the flexibility of human mate choice and suggests that, for humans, learning about nonphysical traits that are important to pair-bonding drives copying-like behavior. (c) 2008 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

KW - social transmission

KW - facial attractiveness

KW - mate-choice copying

KW - learning

KW - masculinity/femininity

KW - sexual dimorphism

KW - long-term/short-term

KW - guppy poecilia-reticulata

KW - human female preferences

KW - mate-choice

KW - sexual selection

KW - coturnix-japonica

KW - perception

KW - dimorphism

KW - oxytocin

KW - masculinity

U2 - 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2007.11.007

DO - 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2007.11.007

M3 - Article

VL - 29

SP - 140

EP - 146

JO - Evolution and Human Behavior

JF - Evolution and Human Behavior

SN - 1090-5138

IS - 2

ER -