My research finds that increases in testosterone is associated with increased preferences for sexually dimorphic (i.e., masculinity in males and femininity in females) characteristics and changes in self-perception. Specifically, research shows that testosterone influences perceptions by increasing preferences for masculine men and feminine women, and influencing men's perceptions of their own dominance. This research demonstrates that, far from being arbitrary, our preferences and perceptions are at least in part governed by biological processes and that beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder.
Dr. Lisa Welling is an Assistant Professor at Oakland University. Her Ph.D., entitled Individual Differences in Face Preferences, was completed in 2008 and was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Grounded in evolutionary reasoning, Dr. Welling’s research generally surrounds three related areas: hormonal influences on behavior, sources of adaptive mate preferences, and interpersonal relationships. In addition to having co-edited a book entitled Evolutionary Perspectives on Social Psychology, Dr. Welling has published five book chapters and more than fifty scientific journal articles. Her research has been featured in the media multiple times on programs including lthe Oprah Winfrey Show and the Discovery Channel documentary Curiosity.
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Some of the claims she's making seem really questionable. Masculine men have "less interest in children" but how are you defining "masculine"? What was your sample size and what groups were you sampling from?
I personally don't care much for women who are very female typical. I've found I tend to be most attracted to women who are more androgynous and don't wear make-up. The hoodie and messy bun look is hot. Don't mark yourselves down, ladies. Bonus points if you're a nerdy professor girl.
whenever you disagree with the majority on what is an attractive face, 90% of the time, it's because you are trying to defend their personality, of course there are exceptions though when you truly think a face is physically attractive but most people don't agree, but this is rare.
Jeez if men testosterone fluctuates that much women are screwed. Their hormones are bouncing all over the place and if that’s relevant to a mans testosterone she will never be right. No wonder birth control makes chicks crazy. It’s like a guy taking steroids ur getting it when you shouldn’t do it fucks with you
Those graphs don't start from zero, therefore deceive into thinking the difference is meaningful when it's not (actually, is 5% at most in all of her graphs). That plus her remarks seem to me like a innapropiate manipulation for a supposedly serious research.
If you are a responsible scientist you just accept your results and present them with the impact they have. Trying to disguise them is a cheap resource, completely non academic, and just disgusts me.
So if you like a woman before approaching her find out the details of her menstruation cycle and calculate on what day you should approach her, depending on how masculine you are. You will have more chances to be liked back.If you are a feminine man, make her pregnant first and then approach. Women prefer feminine traits more during the period of pregnancy.
racism has a new face in the future. Before it was scientific studies proving africans have lower IQs. today its the dismissal of "feminine" looking men and "masculine" looking women.
By this woman's statement, asian men, who have less body hair and rounder faces, are less attractive...
I see what you did there ;)
As a testicular cancer survivor, who uses testosterone supplementation, my testosterone level varies from under 200 to over 1500 in a few cases. It had no effect on what I was attracted to. It did affect my morning wood... but also the quality of my sleep, the clarity or foginess of my thinking, whether or not I felt constant dread all the time, whether or not I had night sweats.
So at the least.. I'm a counter example.
I suspect height and income are more important than testosterone levels.
Tom Interesting... I thought I was the only one who wanted to put a screwdriver through my head watching this. My personal theory is that it’s not just the high pitched voice, it’s also the exaggerated, forced quality to it and the conflicting message of a very masculine personality, it just screams fake and also not very pleasant to the ear.
It tells you that from within the most beautiful and handsome that is feminine and masculinity as visually most important base on your hormones, but it is inside that count that most and you work hard against to your natural programming and adjust your hormones after all, hormones affect behavior, so it is not natural as automatically, it is about work that we must do to feel attract forever to friends, babies, anything, so behavior is the dominance over hormones, that is why there is problem because they rely hormones more than work there are divorce, ignoring friends, etc, this is good proof that we must work unlike animals are in control of themselves thru hormones, we are in control of ourselves thru our work that beat the hormones to success. So, it is not natural, but nurture that we pick behavior that is new which it becomes learns and keep what we learn, not lost what we learn, because we can unlearn the negative by action or un-except unlearn the positive by action or non-action so it becomes negative, like divorce, not interest in friends, etc, so best to keep it. So, it depends by action, positive or negative. So, it is good title that will help to understand love and to change from hate to love, or non-love to love, well, to range of positive that is like to love. So, those hormones do affect transmitter in our brains that is positive and negative. It is good that is need for people that are in jail and people that are mean in jail, that is guards or visual stuff in jail like bathroom in open, and other stuff. So, all is connect, not separate as one issue, but other issues. One issue that is attract to beauty, but attract to right and wrong by our action.
It was clearly stated that behavior affects hormones and yet so many here complain about having a group of symptoms generated by having very imbalanced hormone levels.
If its obvious that POCS is mainly created by your behavior. why don't you try changing your behavior?
Science boils everything down to statistics and chance...leaving out the most important part out of the equation...the intelligent consciousness, the great I AM....God. Sad. That same science agrees that on the smallest level we're made up of atoms with electrons binding everything together. So we're essentially energy and not physical at all and as such can be altered, changed in an instant. Now how science explains love? Just a bunch of hormones...duh. But why can I feel when another person is focusing on me with love if it should be created by my own body. We are all more interconnected then we care to accept.
Not sure how valid this stuff is; I think its more likely that the environment you're raised in affects what you deem attractive. I say this because in Korea and other asian countries the hypo-masculine man is often deemed less desirable.
Edit: Woah! I'm the 1000th comment. I hope I get a free prize
why is genetic fitness the criteria. I understand that reproduction is necessary for the survival of the species. However, it's not the masculine trait that is attractive. It is the reason there is a masculine trait that is attractive. men have two hormones dht and testosterone and women have a myriad of hormones but everything else is just personal preference. If you can modify a photo to make it appear more masculine without being more masculine. Women may find it more attractive because they've been conditioned to like those features from seeing men they were more attracted to.
There are studies showing that higher testosterone levels are associated with greater honesty, stronger moral values, integrity, loyalty and generosity in both men and women. In my own experiences, I've generally noticed this to be the case (there are always outliers).
What I find fascinating about this is right at the end... That merely percieving to be superior increased men's testosterone! That is very interesting indeed, and empowering! Because that means it's all in our minds.
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