cSCAN Rounds

Your brother, your beard, and your boogie moves: studies on human mate choice.

Much research within evolutionary psychology has focussed on human attraction because of its importance to sexual selection. Here, I will talk about four recent studies in this area. The first two studies show that people may reference the physical appearance of their parents and siblings when they select a partner. Next, I will discuss how differences in men’s voice pitch and beard growth affect perceptions of the men’s attractiveness and dominance. Finally, I will present data on movements that characterise high-quality female dance. Together, these studies demonstrate some of the theory and evidence underlying contemporary research in human mate choice.