Men’s physical strength is associated with women’s perceptions of their dancing ability

Hugill, Nadine, Fink, Bernhard, Neave, Nick and Seydel, Hanna (2009) Men’s physical strength is associated with women’s perceptions of their dancing ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 47 (5). pp. 527-530. ISSN 01918869

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Prenatal and/or pubertal testosterone (T) directly influences male physical characteristics and behaviors that facilitate the achievement and maintenance of status and resources. In numerous animal species there is evidence that females have evolved preferences for signals of a male’s status as such signals may indicate male quality (in terms of health and reproductive success). In humans, it is known that women judge sex-typical (T-linked) physical characteristics of the face and body of men higher on attractiveness, masculinity, and dominance. Moreover, recent research indicates that women are also able to evaluate certain male facial characteristics that signal physical strength. Here we show that women’s perception of the attractiveness and assertiveness of men’s dancing, correlates with male handgrip strength (as a measure of muscular strength) after controlling for body weight. We conclude that men’s dances – in addition to faces and bodies – may be another proxy for male competitiveness, and could thus be used by women to evaluate male quality.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: body movement, motion, dance, handgrip strength, mate choice
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 07 May 2010 14:40
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:29

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