The relationship between sexual dimorphism in human faces and fluctuating asymmetry

Koehler, Nicole, Simmons, Leigh W., Rhodes, Gillian and Peters, Marianne 2004, The relationship between sexual dimorphism in human faces and fluctuating asymmetry, Proceedings of the Royal Society of London : series B, vol. 271, no. Supp 4, pp. 233-236.

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Title The relationship between sexual dimorphism in human faces and fluctuating asymmetry
Author(s) Koehler, Nicole
Simmons, Leigh W.
Rhodes, Gillian
Peters, Marianne
Journal name Proceedings of the Royal Society of London : series B
Volume number 271
Issue number Supp 4
Start page 233
End page 236
Total pages 4
Publisher Royal Society Publishing
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2004-05-07
ISSN 0962-8452
Summary Previous studies have found both support and lack of support for a positive relationship between masculinity and symmetry, two putative signs of mate quality, in male faces. We re-examined this relationship using an explicit measure of facial fluctuating asymmetry, as well as other measures of asymmetry, and measures of facial masculinity/femininity. We also used ratings of these traits for faces. Further, we examined the relationship between facial sexual dimorphism and body asymmetry. We found no significant correlations between facial masculinity and any of our measures of asymmetry or ratings of symmetry in males. Facial femininity was not consistently associated with facial symmetry in females, but was associated with body symmetry. Therefore, for females, but not males, facial femininity and body symmetry may reflect similar aspects of mate quality. We also examined the relationships between trait ratings and measurements. Our results provide validation of our ability to measure aspects of asymmetry that are perceived to be symmetrical, and aspects of sexual dimorphism that are perceived as feminine in females and masculine in males.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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