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The Face, Not The Body, Attracts A Mate
New Scientist ^ | 5-13-2007

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at newscientist.com ...


TOPICS: Science
KEYWORDS: attract; body; face; mates

1 posted on 05/13/2007 7:49:14 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I sometimes find myself attracted to a woman when she’s not facing me.


2 posted on 05/13/2007 7:51:51 AM PDT by BinaryBoy
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To: blam
eyes are underrated
3 posted on 05/13/2007 7:54:26 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: blam
Eyes, then hair, then legs.

(Depending on how far away she is.)

In my wife's case, I got a trifecta!

Cheers!

4 posted on 05/13/2007 7:55:13 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: pissant

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.


5 posted on 05/13/2007 7:55:21 AM PDT by Loud Mime ("It is not intellect which makes a great scientist; it is character." Einstein)
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To: BinaryBoy
Why men like to gaze on the female form

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.

6 posted on 05/13/2007 7:55:50 AM PDT by blam
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To: blam

I’m surprised these ‘scientists’ are surprised to find this out!


7 posted on 05/13/2007 7:56:08 AM PDT by CarrotAndStick (The articles posted by me needn't necessarily reflect my opinion.)
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To: grey_whiskers

The bulge in a man’s pants that attracts women is the thickness of his wallet...


8 posted on 05/13/2007 7:58:48 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: BinaryBoy

Paper bags, dude, or put a flag over her face, and do it for Old Glory...


9 posted on 05/13/2007 7:59:32 AM PDT by ken5050
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To: ken5050

Lots of men use the “wallet” tl make up for a lack of other attributes.


10 posted on 05/13/2007 8:04:25 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: ken5050

I have a thick wallet - due to all the library cards, parking tickets and coupons I cram into it. :O)


11 posted on 05/13/2007 8:06:44 AM PDT by jdm
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To: blam
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.


12 posted on 05/13/2007 8:07:57 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: Aria
"Lots of men use the “wallet” tl make up for a lack of other attributes."

Never, ever, Get between your money and a woman.

13 posted on 05/13/2007 8:10:11 AM PDT by blam
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To: Polybius
"These high gas prices are killing me!"


14 posted on 05/13/2007 8:20:07 AM PDT by jdm
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To: Aria

You’re right. Nothing attracts the opposite sex more than an impressive balance sheet.


15 posted on 05/13/2007 8:22:08 AM PDT by Loud Mime ("It is not intellect which makes a great scientist; it is character." Einstein)
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To: grey_whiskers; mylife
Eyes are underrated.


16 posted on 05/13/2007 8:22:48 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: ken5050
The bulge in a man’s pants that attracts women is the thickness of his wallet...

LOL!

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!

Cheers!

17 posted on 05/13/2007 8:24:15 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: blam
Why settle for one or the other?


18 posted on 05/13/2007 8:54:40 AM PDT by Always Right
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To: raybbr

Yes they are


19 posted on 05/13/2007 9:48:24 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: jdm

Hey, Mr Lincoln. Why the long face?
Whats the skinny man?


20 posted on 05/13/2007 9:50:44 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Loud Mime

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.


21 posted on 05/13/2007 11:27:58 AM PDT by Aria (NO RAPIST ENABELER FOR PRESIDENT!!!)
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To: Aria
.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.

22 posted on 05/13/2007 12:09:33 PM PDT by Loud Mime ("It is not intellect which makes a great scientist; it is character." Einstein)
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To: blam
women focus especially on the face
...y'know, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Hamilton, Jackson, Grant, Franklin...

What surprises me is, no one has yet posted a real rebuttal...
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23 posted on 05/14/2007 4:57:49 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Time heals all wounds, particularly when they're not yours. Profile updated May 11, 2007.)
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