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Does self-rated attractiveness predict women’s preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample (2021)
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Alharbi, S. A. H., Holzleitner, I. J., Saribay, S. A., Jones, B. C., & Lee, A. J. (2021). Does self-rated attractiveness predict women’s preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 7(2), 105-113. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-021-00163-7

Objectives: Because more attractive women may be better able to attract and/or retain masculine mates, many researchers have proposed that women who consider themselves to be more physically attractive will show stronger preferences for men displayin... Read More about Does self-rated attractiveness predict women’s preferences for facial masculinity? Data from an Arab sample.

Facial masculinity increases perceptions of men’s age, but not perceptions of their health: Data from an Arab sample (2020)
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Alharbi, S. A., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., Saribay, S. A., & Jones, B. C. (2021). Facial masculinity increases perceptions of men’s age, but not perceptions of their health: Data from an Arab sample. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 7(2), 184-188. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-020-00263-9

Masculine characteristics in men’s faces are often assumed to function as health cues. However, evidence for this assumption from empirical tests is mixed. For example, research on Western women’s face perceptions found that masculinized versions of... Read More about Facial masculinity increases perceptions of men’s age, but not perceptions of their health: Data from an Arab sample.

Are sexual desire and sociosexual orientation related to men’s salivary steroid hormones? (2020)
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Stern, J., Karastoyanova, K., Kandrik, M., Torrance, J., Hahn, A. C., Holzleitner, I., …Jones, B. C. (2020). Are sexual desire and sociosexual orientation related to men’s salivary steroid hormones?. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 6(4), 447-466. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-020-00148-y

Objective: Although it is widely assumed that men’s sexual desire and interest in casual sex (i.e., sociosexual orientation) are linked to steroid hormone levels, evidence for such associations is mixed. Methods: We tested for both longitudinal and c... Read More about Are sexual desire and sociosexual orientation related to men’s salivary steroid hormones?.

Kin recognition and perceived facial similarity (2020)
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Hansen, F., DeBruine, L. M., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., O'Shea, K. J., & Fasolt, V. (2020). Kin recognition and perceived facial similarity. Journal of Vision, 20(6), https://doi.org/10.1167/jov.20.6.18

Facial similarity between individuals informs kinship judgments in third-party kin recognition. Indeed, one study found that similarity and kinship judgments encapsulate the same information (Maloney & Dal Martello, 2006). Yet, another study found th... Read More about Kin recognition and perceived facial similarity.

Women’s preferences for sexual dimorphism in faces: Data from a sample of Arab women (2020)
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Alharbi, S. A. H., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., Saribay, S. A., & Jones, B. C. (2020). Women’s preferences for sexual dimorphism in faces: Data from a sample of Arab women. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 6(4), 328-334. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40806-020-00244-y

Many previous studies have investigated the effects of manipulating sexually dimorphic shape characteristics in face images on attractiveness judgments. However, results have been mixed and show considerable cross-cultural variability, particularly f... Read More about Women’s preferences for sexual dimorphism in faces: Data from a sample of Arab women.

Stability of women’s facial shape throughout the menstrual cycle (2020)
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Marcinkowska, U. M., & Holzleitner, I. J. (2020). Stability of women’s facial shape throughout the menstrual cycle. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 287(1924), https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2019.2910

Facial characteristics can serve as a cue for judgements of multiple human traits, from maternal tendencies, overall fertility to sexual openness. In this study, we tested previously found fluctuations in facial shape throughout the menstrual cycle.... Read More about Stability of women’s facial shape throughout the menstrual cycle.

Evidence head tilt has dissociable effects on dominance and trustworthiness judgments, but does not have category-contingent effects on hypothetical leadership judgments (2020)
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Torrance, J. S., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2020). Evidence head tilt has dissociable effects on dominance and trustworthiness judgments, but does not have category-contingent effects on hypothetical leadership judgments. Perception, 49(2), 199-209. https://doi.org/10.1177/0301006619898589

Previous research has found that physical characteristics in faces that influence perceptions of trustworthiness and dominance have context-contingent effects on leadership perceptions. People whose faces are perceived to be trustworthy are judged to... Read More about Evidence head tilt has dissociable effects on dominance and trustworthiness judgments, but does not have category-contingent effects on hypothetical leadership judgments.

Comparing theory-driven and data-driven attractiveness models using images of real women's faces (2019)
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Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., Hahn, A. C., Kandrik, M., Bovet, J., Renoult, J. P., …Jones, B. C. (2019). Comparing theory-driven and data-driven attractiveness models using images of real women's faces. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 45(12), 1589-1595. https://doi.org/10.1037/xhp0000685

Facial attractiveness plays a critical role in social interaction, influencing many different social outcomes. However, the factors that influence facial attractiveness judgments remain relatively poorly understood. Here, we used a sample of 594 youn... Read More about Comparing theory-driven and data-driven attractiveness models using images of real women's faces.

Contribution of shape and surface reflectance information to kinship detection in 3D face images (2019)
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Fasolt, V., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., O'Shea, K. J., & DeBruine, L. M. (2019). Contribution of shape and surface reflectance information to kinship detection in 3D face images. Journal of Vision, 19(12), https://doi.org/10.1167/19.12.9

Previous research has established that humans are able to detect kinship among strangers from facial images alone. The current study investigated what facial information is used for making those kinship judgments, specifically the contribution of fac... Read More about Contribution of shape and surface reflectance information to kinship detection in 3D face images.

The influence of body composition effects on male facial masculinity and attractiveness (2019)
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Lei, X., Holzleitner, I. J., & Perrett, D. I. (2019). The influence of body composition effects on male facial masculinity and attractiveness. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02658

Body mass index (BMI) and its facial correlates influence a range of perceptions including masculinity and attractiveness. BMI conflates body fat and muscle which are sexually dimorphic because men typically have more muscle but less fat than women.... Read More about The influence of body composition effects on male facial masculinity and attractiveness.

A data-driven study of Chinese participants' social judgments of Chinese faces (2019)
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Wang, H., Han, C., Hahn, A. C., Fasolt, V., Morrison, D. K., Holzleitner, I. J., …Jones, B. C. (2019). A data-driven study of Chinese participants' social judgments of Chinese faces. PLoS ONE, 14(1), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0210315

Social judgments of faces made by Western participants are thought to be underpinned by two dimensions: valence and dominance. Because some research suggests that Western and Eastern participants process faces differently, the two-dimensional model o... Read More about A data-driven study of Chinese participants' social judgments of Chinese faces.

Birth order does not affect ability to detect kin (2019)
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Fasolt, V., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., O’Shea, K. J., & Debruine, L. M. (2019). Birth order does not affect ability to detect kin. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1), https://doi.org/10.1525/collabra.235

Previous studies suggest that birth order affects kinship detection ability. Kaminski et al. (2010) argued that firstborns use contextual cues (e.g., maternal perinatal association) to assess kinship in their own family, leading to a disadvantage in... Read More about Birth order does not affect ability to detect kin.

Facial masculinity is only weakly correlated with handgrip strength in young adult women (2018)
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Hahn, A. C., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., Kandrik, M., O'Shea, K. J., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2019). Facial masculinity is only weakly correlated with handgrip strength in young adult women. American Journal of Human Biology, 31(1), https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23203

Objectives: Ancestrally, strength is likely to have played a critical role in determining the ability to obtain and retain resources and the allocation of social status among humans. Responses to facial cues of strength are therefore thought to play... Read More about Facial masculinity is only weakly correlated with handgrip strength in young adult women.

No evidence that facial attractiveness, femininity, averageness, or coloration are cues to susceptibility to infectious illnesses in a university sample of young adult women (2018)
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Cai, Z., Hahn, A. C., Zhang, W., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2019). No evidence that facial attractiveness, femininity, averageness, or coloration are cues to susceptibility to infectious illnesses in a university sample of young adult women. Evolution and Human Behavior, 40(2), 156-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.10.002

Previous reports that women with attractive faces are healthier have been widely cited as evidence that sexual selection has shaped human mate preferences. However, evidence for correlations between women's physical health and facial attractiveness i... Read More about No evidence that facial attractiveness, femininity, averageness, or coloration are cues to susceptibility to infectious illnesses in a university sample of young adult women.

No clear evidence for correlations between handgrip strength and sexually dimorphic acoustic properties of voices (2018)
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Han, C., Wang, H., Fasolt, V., Hahn, A. C., Holzleitner, I. J., Lao, J., …Jones, B. C. (2018). No clear evidence for correlations between handgrip strength and sexually dimorphic acoustic properties of voices. American Journal of Human Biology, 30(6), https://doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23178

Objectives: Recent research on the signal value of masculine physical characteristics in men has focused on the possibility that such characteristics are valid cues of physical strength. However, evidence that sexually dimorphic vocal characteristics... Read More about No clear evidence for correlations between handgrip strength and sexually dimorphic acoustic properties of voices.

No compelling evidence that more physically attractive young adult women have higher estradiol or progesterone (2018)
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Jones, B. C., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, C. I., Wang, H., Kandrik, M., Lao, J., …DeBruine, L. M. (2018). No compelling evidence that more physically attractive young adult women have higher estradiol or progesterone. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98, 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.07.026

Putative associations between sex hormones and attractive physical characteristics in women are central to many theories of human physical attractiveness and mate choice. Although such theories have become very influential, evidence that physically a... Read More about No compelling evidence that more physically attractive young adult women have higher estradiol or progesterone.

No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women's sexual desire (2018)
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Zhang, W., Hahn, A. C., Cai, Z., Lee, A. J., Holzleitner, I. J., DeBruine, L. M., & Jones, B. C. (2018). No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women's sexual desire. PLoS ONE, 13(7), https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0200308

Facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) has been linked to many different behavioral tendencies. However, not all of these correlations have replicated well across samples. Arnocky et al. (in press, Archives of Sexual Behavior) recently reported that sex... Read More about No evidence that facial width-to-height ratio (fWHR) is associated with women's sexual desire.

No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status (2018)
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Jones, B. C., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, C. I., Wang, H., Kandrik, M., Han, C., …DeBruine, L. M. (2018). No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status. Psychological Science, 29(6), 996-1005. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618760197

Although widely cited as strong evidence that sexual selection has shaped human facial-attractiveness judgments, findings suggesting that women’s preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s faces are related to women’s hormonal status are equi... Read More about No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women’s hormonal status.

Cultural differences in preferences for facial coloration (2017)
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Han, C., Wang, H., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, C. I., Kandrik, M., Fasolt, V., …Jones, B. C. (2018). Cultural differences in preferences for facial coloration. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39(2), 154-159. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2017.11.005

Effects of facial coloration on facial attractiveness judgments are hypothesized to be “universal” (i.e., similar across cultures). Cross-cultural similarity in facial color preferences is a critical piece of evidence for this hypothesis. However, on... Read More about Cultural differences in preferences for facial coloration.

Women’s preferences for men’s facial masculinity: Trade-off accounts revisited (2017)
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Holzleitner, I. J., & Perrett, D. I. (2017). Women’s preferences for men’s facial masculinity: Trade-off accounts revisited. Adaptive Human Behavior and Physiology, 3(4), 304-320. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40750-017-0070-3

Studies on mate preferences have demonstrated that women’s perception of male attractiveness is sensitive to men’s facial masculinity, and that women’s preferences for facial masculinity are subject to individual differences, such as own condition. T... Read More about Women’s preferences for men’s facial masculinity: Trade-off accounts revisited.