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Professor of Psychology. Occasional anthropologist | Study face/body perception, body image, gender and culture in adults and kids | VP @EHBEA1 | #WIASN
30 Jan 19
It’s time for my facial masculinity rant – or “how frustrating it was to be right all along and still wrong in ways I hadn’t expected”.

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In 2002, as a baby PhD student I gathered data on women’s preferences for masculinity, health and age in men’s faces, expecting to get an overall ‘preference for quality’. It didn’t turn out as planned…
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At this time everyone assumed that masculinity, via testosterone (T), indicated underlying immunity because T is immunosuppressive. This was fairly well evidenced in birds and had been put forward to explain cyclic variation in women’s preferences for masculinity.
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