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This article considers whether a human preference for symmetry is an adaptation for mate choice. If it is, then symmetry should be attractive and it should signal mate quality. The article begins with a brief introduction to sexual selection and its proposed relation to fluctuating asymmetry FAhighlighting some important methodological issues about the measurement of symmetry.
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Skip to Content Skip to navigation. Facial attractiveness, sexual selection, and personnel selection : when evolved preferences matter. N2 - Using an evolutionary perspective, we looked at sex differences in the influence of facial attractiveness of applicants in hiring decisions, and determined whether expected contact intensity with applicants and experience in personnel selection moderated this influence.
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Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful. The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either. There are many factors which influence one person's attraction to another, with physical aspects being one of them.
Archives of Sexual Behavior. Men and women living in a rural community in Bakossiland, Cameroon were asked to rate the attractiveness of images of male or female figures manipulated to vary in somatotype, waist-to-hip ratio WHRsecondary sexual traits, and other features. In Study 1, women rated mesomorphic muscular and average male somatotypes as most attractive, followed by ectomorphic slim and endomorphic heavily built figures. In Study 2, amount and distribution of masculine trunk chest and abdominal hair was altered progressively in a series of front-posed male figures.
Life is a little easier for pretty people, as studies have shown that individuals who are more conventionally attractive are treated bettermake more money, and have more sexual partners. This question was tackled by Robert Urbatsch, an associate professor of political science at Iowa State Universityin a study published in the journal Social Science Quarterly. Urbatsch recently followed up his study with piece for The Conversationdiscussing the results and delving into why attractive people may have more relaxed views on sex.
According to a new study, those who feel greater certainty that a prospective romantic partner reciprocates their interest will put more effort into seeing that person again, while rating the possible date as more sexually attractive than they would if they were less certain about the prospective date's romantic intentions. Published in Computers in Human Behaviorthe study by researchers from Israeli-based Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya and the University of Rochester finds that uncertainty about potential partners' romantic interest decreased their sexual appeal. While some scientists have argued that uncertainty spices up sexual desire, Reis says his team's results suggest the opposite holds true.