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Title: Circum-menopausal effects on women's judgements of facial attractiveness
Author(s): Vukovic, Jovana
Jones, Benedict C
DeBruine, Lisa M
Little, Anthony
Feinberg, David R
Welling, Lisa L M
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Keywords: Adult
face preferences
facial attractiveness
women's preferences
Issue Date: 23-Feb-2009
Citation: Vukovic J, Jones BC, DeBruine LM, Little A, Feinberg DR & Welling LLM (2009) Circum-menopausal effects on women's judgements of facial attractiveness, Biology Letters, 5 (1), pp. 62-64.
Abstract: The marked change in a woman's hormonal profile that happens at menopause affects many aspects of behaviour. We investigated circum-menopausal women's preferences for femininity in the faces of young adult men and women. Post-menopausal women demonstrated stronger preferences for femininity in same-sex faces than pre-menopausal women did. This effect was independent of possible effects of participant's age and suggests that dislike of feminine (i.e. attractive) same-sex competitors decreases as fertility decreases. No significant difference between pre- and post-menopausal women was observed for men's faces, potentially because circum-menopausal women do not necessarily view young adult men as potential mates. To our knowledge, this is the first study to demonstrate circum-menopausal changes in women's face preferences.
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