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What The Shape Of Your Face Says About Your Sex

What The Shape Of Your Face Says About Your Sex Drive?
Past research has consistently found that men with shorter and wider faces are more aggressive, more prejudiced, more likely to deceive others, more dominant, and more driven to succeed compared to men with longer and narrower faces. This is even true for non-human primates, and among women this link is found for dominance, but not aggression. Furthermore, other people pick up on these facial cues, perceiving wide-faced men and women as more masculine, dominant and threatening.

Why would all these personality traits be related to this seemingly random facial feature, also known as facial width-to-height ratio (FWHR)? Because they are all thought to be influenced, at least partly, by exposure to the masculinizing effects of testosterone. Although data are mixed as to the exact timing of this exposure (in utero, at puberty or in adulthood), more testosterone generally means higher behavioral masculinity, dominance, aggression and also a higher facial width-to-height ratio.

Now, a set of two new Canadian studies find that FHWR is also linked to several aspects of people's sexual psychology (sex drive, casual sex and infidelity), also known to be influenced by testosterone.

In the first study, 145 heterosexual Canadian students (52% female, 82% White, mean age = 22) currently in romantic relationships answered questions regarding their sex drive (like how often they experience sexual desire or how often they masturbate). They then had their face photos taken by the researchers (under identical distance, lighting, and backdrop conditions for all participants), and those photos were later carefully measured by two raters for width, height and some other facial features like cheekbone prominence.

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