Circum-menopausal changes in women's preferences for sexually dimorphic shape cues in peer-aged faces

Benedict C. Jones, Jovana Vukovic, Anthony C. Little, S. Craig Roberts, Lisa M. DeBruine

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Abstract

Recent studies suggest that post-menopausal women demonstrate stronger preferences for feminine characteristics in male and female faces than do pre-menopausal women, potentially reflecting stronger preferences for healthy men and greater derogation of attractive women among more fertile women. A limitation of this work was that it assessed circum-menopausal women's face preferences using images of young adults only. Here, we found that post-menopausal women demonstrated stronger preferences for feminine characteristics in male and female peer-aged faces that did pre-menopausal women. These data present novel evidence for circum-menopausal variation in face perception and confirm that the circum-menopausal variation in face preferences observed previously was not an artefact of the young faces employed as stimuli.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)453-455
Number of pages3
JournalBiological Psychology
Volume87
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2011

Keywords

  • attraction
  • face perception
  • face shape
  • menopause
  • sexual dimorphism
  • social cognition

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Jones, B. C., Vukovic, J., Little, A. C., Roberts, S. C., & DeBruine, L. M. (2011). Circum-menopausal changes in women's preferences for sexually dimorphic shape cues in peer-aged faces. Biological Psychology, 87(3), 453-455. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2011.04.004