Skip to comments.The Face, Not The Body, Attracts A Mate
Posted on 05/13/2007 7:49:12 AM PDT by blam
The face, not the body, attracts a mate
12:00 13 May 2007
NewScientist.com news service
Body builders and gym buffs, look away now. It appears that the opposite sex is much more interested in your face than your bulging biceps or elegant figure, especially if you're a man. At least that's the upshot of the first study to assess how much faces and bodies contribute to someone's overall attractiveness.
Twelve women and 12 men took part in a trial to assess the attractiveness of people in photographs, on a scale of 1 to 7. Some participants saw the entire person, some saw faces on their own, and some just bodies. Marianne Peters from the University of Western Australia in Crawley and colleagues assessed the face-only and body-only ratings to see how well they predicted the "entire person" ratings.
They found that faces account for more of the variation among ratings than do bodies; in other words, faces are more important. For women rating men, 52 per cent of the attractiveness score was made up by the face rating, while for bodies it was 24 per cent. The trend was similar when men rated women, with 47 per cent of a woman's overall attractiveness accounted for by her face, and 32 per cent by her body (Animal Behaviour, DOI: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2006.07.012).
Peters says that women focus especially on the face because they are better at picking up emotional cues which are key to partner suitability.
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I sometimes find myself attracted to a woman when she’s not facing me.
(Depending on how far away she is.)
In my wife's case, I got a trifecta!
As a professional photographer, I have only taken a few portraits of a body without showing the face.
I must say that those old portraits were well worth it. The comments were hilarious.
By Roger Highfield, Science Editor
The Telegraph (UK)
Last Updated: 2:06am BST 10/05/2007
Men find photos of the opposite sex much more "rewarding" than women, new research claims today.
According to the study men take the same pleasure out of looking at an attractive female form as they do from having a curry or making money whereas women do not take any significant reward from looking at pictures of men.
Men consume more pornography than women
The survey published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B said that brain scan studies show that "reward centres" are triggered in men when they gaze at a woman's face or body whereas they are not in females. It also shows men are more likely to make an effort to view pictures of the opposite sex and pay out money.
The findings shed light on why men are much greater consumers of pornography than women and why sales of Playboy have always exceeded those of Playgirl, according to Dr Benjamin Hayden at the Centre for Neuroeconomic Studies, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, North Carolina.
"One natural inference is that men are more willing to pay to see these images," he told The Daily Telegraph.
Previous research has identified several core characteristics of rewards. Economists have shown that people tend to be impulsive, meaning they prefer rewards sooner than later, and that they are less impulsive when rewards are bigger.
This study shows that photos follow the same principles, and that more attractive photos act like larger rewards, said Dr Hayden. Rewards also offer incentives to work harder and they can be traded for other kinds of rewards, which is why men exchange money for pictures of naked women.
The team gave 20 heterosexual men and 20 women opportunity to view non pornographic photos of members of the opposite sex and tested if money would offer as much reward, as well as whether people would work harder on a computer to see a photo they were interested in.
Men were significantly more patient than women when choosing to view attractive females than when choosing to view neutral or unattractive females.
"For men, the reward of seeing a woman is strongly influenced by physical attractiveness, but for women physical attractiveness has little or no impact," said Dr Hayden.
I’m surprised these ‘scientists’ are surprised to find this out!
The bulge in a man’s pants that attracts women is the thickness of his wallet...
Paper bags, dude, or put a flag over her face, and do it for Old Glory...
Lots of men use the “wallet” tl make up for a lack of other attributes.
I have a thick wallet - due to all the library cards, parking tickets and coupons I cram into it. :O)
Never, ever, Get between your money and a woman.
You’re right. Nothing attracts the opposite sex more than an impressive balance sheet.
Once again, from the inimitable Puke and Snot:
Puke: Are you still putting a potato down the front of your pants to attract women?
Snot: You mean it goes in the front?!!
Puke: Arrrrgh! What do you call it, your little dic-tator?
Snot: In your case, it's more like a tater tot!
Yes they are
Hey, Mr Lincoln. Why the long face?
Whats the skinny man?
oh, i disagree....but it does work in lieu of other assets. most of us women want a real guy and would walk through fire for the right one.
I walked the path myself; I was a fool for love. Your term "most" is debatable.
women focus especially on the face...y'know, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, Franklin...