Article

No Compelling Evidence That Preferences for Facial Masculinity Track Changes in Women’s Hormonal Status

Citation

Jones BC, Hahn AC, Fisher C, Wang H, Kandrik M, Han C, Fasolt V, Morrison D, Lee AJ, Holzleitner IJ, O'Shea KJ, Roberts SC, Little AC & DeBruine LM (2018) No Compelling Evidence That Preferences for Facial Masculinity Track Changes in Women’s Hormonal Status. Psychological Science, 29 (6), pp. 996-1005. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797618760197

Abstract
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 equivocal and controversial. Consequently, we conducted the largest-ever longitudinal study of the hormonal correlates of women’s preferences for facial masculinity (N= 584). Analyses showed no compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity were related to changes in women’s salivary steroid hormone levels. Furthermore, both within-subjects and between-subjects comparisons showed no evidence that oral contraceptive use decreased masculinity preferences. However, women generally preferred masculinized over feminized versions of men’s faces, particularly when assessing men’s attractiveness for short-term, rather than long-term, relationships. Our results do not support the hypothesized link between women’s preferences for facial masculinity and their hormonal status.

Keywords
attractiveness; mate preferences; menstrual cycle; oral contraceptives; sexual selection; open data; open materials

Journal
Psychological Science: Volume 29, Issue 6

StatusPublished
Publication date01/06/2018
Publication date online30/04/2018
Date accepted by journal12/01/2018
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27213
PublisherSAGE
ISSN0956-7976