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Title: The effects of exogenous testosterone and mating context on men`s preferences for female facial femininity
Authors: Bird, Brian M.
Keywords: Testosterone;facial preferences;femininity;mate preferences;hormones;mating
Issue Date: 20-Jun-2016
Abstract: Correlational research suggests that men show greater attraction to feminine female faces when their testosterone (T) levels are high. Men’s preferences for feminine faces also seem to vary as a function of relationship context (short versus long-term). However, the relationship between T and preferences for female facial femininity has yet to be tested experimentally. This thesis examined the causal role of T in modulating preferences for facial femininity across both short and long-term mating contexts, using two separate experiments. Results of Experiment 1 (within-subject design, n = 24) showed that participants significantly preferred feminized versus masculinized versions of women’s faces. Further, participants showed a stronger preference for feminine female faces in the short- versus the long-term context after they received T, but not after they received placebo. Post-hoc analyses suggest that this effect was driven by a lower preference for feminine faces in the long-term context when on T relative to placebo. Results from Experiment 2 (between-subject design, n = 93) were highly consistent with those of Experiment 1: men demonstrated a significant preference for feminized female faces in the short- versus the long-term context after T, but not after placebo administration, and this effect was driven by lower preferences for feminine faces in the long-term context when on T relative to placebo. Collectively, these findings provide the first causal evidence that T modulates men’s preferences for facial femininity as a function of mating context.
URI: https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/handle/10219/2617
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