The effects of facial hair manipulation on female perceptions of attractiveness, masculinity, and dominance in male faces

Neave, Nick and Shields, Kerry (2008) The effects of facial hair manipulation on female perceptions of attractiveness, masculinity, and dominance in male faces. Personality and Individual Differences, 45 (5). pp. 373-377. ISSN 0191-8869

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2008.05.007

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine the effects of systematic alterations in male facial hair on female perceptions. A within-subjects design employed one condition (facial hair) incorporating five levels (clean-shaven, light stubble, heavy stubble, light beard and full beard). All levels were applied to three different facial designs, constructed using FACES software. The resulting 15 male faces were rated by 60 females on various attributes. Male faces displaying a full beard were considered the most masculine, aggressive, socially mature, and older. Males with a light beard were considered the most dominant. Males with light stubble were considered to be the most attractive, light stubble was also preferred for both short- and long-term relationships. These findings are discussed in terms of age preferences and good-genes models.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 15:50
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 10:03
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1772

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