Sunday, February 26, 2006

Timing Is Everything - Or Is It?

Amazing what researchers are interested in. How do people get funding for these things?!

C. Neil Macrae, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College, and his colleagues theorized that women have heightened awareness of male features during certain phases of their menstrual cycle.

Previous research, Macrae says, shows that women also have an increased preference for "facial configurations that convey dominance" and other stereotypical male attributes. His research found that women prefer more masculine faces during ovulation and more feminine faces at other points of the menstrual cycle. Men's notions of attractiveness (such as ideal hip-to-waist ratio), on the other hand, remain relatively constant over time.

Macrae CN et al, Psychological Science, November 2002.

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