Mate value at a glance: Facial attractiveness reveals women's waist-to-hip ratio and men's household income

Ji eun Shin, Eunkook M. Suh, Dayk Jang

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Abstract

Can people make valid inferences about the person's mate value by a glance of his/her face? Eighty-seven independent coders rated how attractive neutral facial pictures of 297 (152 males) undergraduate students were, after viewing each image for 3 s. The facial attractiveness rating significantly correlated with important sex-specific mate qualities. In case of female targets, facial attractiveness predicted their body shape (waist-to-hip ratio; WHR), whereas among males, it correlated with their household income. The results remained after controlling for the positive affectivity reflected in the facial image. It appears that sex-specific markers of mate value are implicitly ingrained in attractive facial features.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-130
Number of pages3
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume135
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Dec 1

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