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Latest Physical attractiveness Stories

2009-01-26 01:00:50

When wearing red, a woman may be more likely to score an invitation to the prom or be treated to an expensive outing, U.S. researchers said. Two University of Rochester psychologists demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women -- yet men are unaware of the role the color plays in their attraction. Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher said it may be no accident that red hearts are associated with Valentine's Day. To...

2009-01-14 15:35:40

Women with high levels of the hormone estradiol tend to be considered more attractive and more likely to cheat on their partners, U.S. researchers said. University of Texas researchers measured levels of the hormone in 53 women age 17-30. The women were asked to rate how attractive men find them, compared to other women, before their photograph was rated by a panel of men and women. The researchers also asked the women how many partners the women had had and how often they sought long- and...

2008-12-26 09:03:47

A recent British study provides solid evidence that frequent TV viewing can lead to excess weight gain. It also shows your TV-viewing habits as a teenager can influence your body shape in mid-life.Results show those who watched TV "often" when they were 16 gained weight more quickly until they were 45. Watching TV at age 11 showed no effect on weight gain according to body mass index (BMI) in males, but girls who watched TV "often" at 11 were heavier at 33 and gained weight more quickly...

2008-12-18 11:36:23

Women prefer mates who are recognized by their peers for their skills, abilities and achievements, U.S. researchers said. The study, published in the journal Personal Relationships, also found women did not favor men who use coercive tactics to subordinate their rivals. Women found dominance strategies of the latter type to be attractive primarily when men used them in the context of male-male athletic competitions. Jeffrey K. Snyder of University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues...

2008-12-03 10:18:08

Women who go out and bring home the bacon tend to have less than perfect hourglass-shaped bodies, U.S. researchers said. Elizabeth Cashdan of University of Utah said in societies and situations where women are under pressure to procure resources -- to support themselves or their families -- they may be less likely to have the classic hourglass figure. Studies have shown that a curvy waist-to-hip ratio of 0.7 or lower is associated with higher fertility and lower rates of chronic disease and...

2008-11-18 09:45:35

Men with scars on their face are more attractive to women seeking short-term relationships, researchers in Britain said. Dr. Rob Burriss, from the University of Liverpool's School of Biological Sciences, says that it was previously assumed that in Western cultures scarring was an unattractive facial feature but in non-Western cultures they were perceived as a sign of maturity and strength. The researchers found that women preferred men with facial scars for short-term relationships but they...

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2008-11-07 10:31:14

Our mothers told us that true beauty is more than skin deep "” but researchers from Tel Aviv University are now challenging Mom. They've built a beauty machine that, with the press of a button, turns a picture of your own ordinary face into that of a cover model. While its output is currently limited to digitized images, the software may be able to guide plastic surgeons, aid magazine cover editors, and even become a feature incorporated into all digital cameras. "Beauty, contrary to...

2008-11-07 09:05:00

Female models have had a negative impact on how women view their own bodies, but male models have an opposite effect on men, U.S. researchers said. Jennifer Aubrey of the University of Missouri looked at the effect of male magazines on college-age men. The research, scheduled to be published in Human Communication Research, found that the cultural expectation for men is not that they have to be as attractive as their peers, but that they need to be attractive enough to be sexually appealing...

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2008-10-29 10:06:14

A groundbreaking study by two University of Rochester psychologists to be published online Oct. 28 by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology adds color "” literally and figuratively "” to the age-old question of what attracts men to women. Through five psychological experiments, Andrew Elliot, professor of psychology, and Daniela Niesta, post-doctoral researcher, demonstrate that the color red makes men feel more amorous toward women. And men are unaware of the role the...

2008-09-22 15:00:19

By Cathy Holding It all feels so simple - yet the forces that draw women and men together have been subjected to rigorous scientific analysis. Cathy Holding explores the rules of attraction We all think we know instinctively what we find attractive in other people. Off the top of our heads, we will probably mention attributes such as facial appearance, physical build, mannerisms and behaviours. But how do we define physical appeal and attraction? What, precisely, makes an attractive...