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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Female facial attractiveness increases during the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle
Author(s): Roberts, S Craig
Havlicek, Jan
Flegr, Jaroslav
Hruskova, Martina
Little, Anthony
Jones, Benedict C
Perrett, David I
Petrie, Marion
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Keywords: facial attractiveness
mate choice
Face Social aspects
Interpersonal attraction
Mate selection
Issue Date: 7-Aug-2004
Date Deposited: 4-Feb-2013
Citation: Roberts SC, Havlicek J, Flegr J, Hruskova M, Little A, Jones BC, Perrett DI & Petrie M (2004) Female facial attractiveness increases during the fertile phase of the menstrual cycle. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 271 (Supplement 5), pp. S270-S272.
Abstract: The lack of obvious visible manifestations of ovulation in human females, compared with the prominent sexual swellings of many primates, has led to the idea that human ovulation is concealed. While human ovulation is clearly not advertised to the same extent as in some other species, we show here that both men and women judge photographs of women's faces that were taken in the fertile window of the menstrual cycle as more attractive than photographs taken during the luteal phase. This indicates the existence of visible cues to ovulation in the human face, and is consistent with similar cyclical changes observed for preferences of female body odour. This heightened allure could be an adaptive mechanism for raising a female's relative value in the mating market at the time in the cycle when the probability of conception is at its highest.
DOI Link: 10.1098/rsbl.2004.0174
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