The role of mating context and fecundability in women's preferences for men's facial masculinity and beardedness
Barnaby JW Dixson, Khandis R Blake, Thomas F Denson, Amany Gooda-Vossos, Siobhan M O'Dean, Danielle Sulikowski, Markus J Rantala, Robert C Brooks
Psychoneuroendocrinology | Elsevier | Published : 2018
The ovulatory shift hypothesis proposes that women’s preferences for masculine physical and behavioral traits are greater at the peri-ovulatory period than at other points of the menstrual cycle. However, many previous studies used self-reported menstrual cycle data to estimate fecundability rather than confirming the peri-ovulatory phase hormonally. Here we report two studies and three analyses revisiting the ovulatory shift hypothesis with respect to both facial masculinity and beardedness. In Study 1, a large sample of female participants (N = 2,161) self-reported their cycle phase and provided ratings for faces varying in beardedness (clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, full bear..View full abstract
Awarded by Australian Research Council
This study was supported by an ARC Discovery Grant to RCB and BJWD, a University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowship to BJWD and an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship to TFD (FT140100291). These funding sources had no further role in the study design, in data collection, analysis and interpretation of the data.