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11 May 2006

Women judge men by their faces

Women were able to tell from a photo of a man's face whether he likes babies and would likely make a good long-term partner, says a University of Chicago study.

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Women were able to tell from a photo of a man's face whether he likes babies and would likely make a good long-term partner, says a University of Chicago study.

They were also able to identify men with higher levels of the male hormone testosterone and were more attracted to these masculine men for a short-term fling, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Men with rounder faces – like actor Tom Hanks – were judged to like babies, while men with prominent face bones and squarer jaws – like actor Mickey Rourke – were considered to be more masculine.

The study
For this study, 29 women, ages 18 to 20, looked at photos of 39 men, ages 18 to 33. The women rated the men on a 1-to-7 scale on attributes such as "likes children" and "masculine." The women also rated each man's attractiveness as a long-term or short-term romantic partner, the Sun-Times reported.

Prior to this, the researchers had measured the men's testosterone levels and gauged their interest in babies.

The women, "were surprisingly accurate in judging men's interest in infants, as well as their masculinity," said study co-author and behavioural biologist Dario Maestripieri. – (HealthDayNews)

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