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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Women's preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status
Author(s): Havlicek, Jan
Roberts, S Craig
Flegr, Jaroslav
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Keywords: attractiveness
good genes
mate choice
sexual selection
Mate selection
Menstrual cycle Psychological aspects
Smell Psychological aspects
Chemical senses
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2005
Date Deposited: 4-Feb-2013
Citation: Havlicek J, Roberts SC & Flegr J (2005) Women's preference for dominant male odour: effects of menstrual cycle and relationship status. Biology Letters, 1 (3), pp. 256-259.
Abstract: Body odour may provide significant cues about a potential sexual partner's genetic quality, reproductive status and health. In animals, a key trait in a female's choice of sexual partner is male dominance but, to date, this has not been examined in humans. Here, we show that women in the fertile phase of their cycle prefer body odour of males who score high on a questionnaire-based dominance scale (international personality items pool). In accordance with the theory of mixed mating strategies, this preference varies with relationship status, being much stronger in fertile women in stable relationships than in fertile single women.
DOI Link: 10.1098/rsbl.2005.0332
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