Navigation Links
Scientists find facial scars increase attractiveness
Date:11/18/2008

Men with facial scars are more attractive to women seeking short-term relationships, scientists at the University of Liverpool have found.

It was previously assumed that in Western cultures scarring was an unattractive facial feature and in non-Western cultures they were perceived as a sign of maturity and strength. Scientists at Liverpool and Stirling University, however, have found that Western women find scarring on men attractive and may associate it with health and bravery.

Researchers investigated how scarring might impact on mate choice for men and women seeking both long-term and short-term relationships. They found that women preferred men with facial scars for short-term relationships and equally preferred scarred and un-scarred faces for long-term relationships. Men, however, regarded women with and without facial scars as equally attractive for both types of relationship.

Dr Rob Burriss, from the University's School of Biological Sciences, explains: "Male and female participants were shown images of faces that displayed scarring from injury or illness, and were asked to rate how attractive they found the person for long-term and short-term relationships.

"Women may have rated scarring as an attractive quality for short-term relationships because they found it be a symbol of masculinity, a feature that is linked to high testosterone levels and an indicator of good genetic qualities that can be passed on to offspring. Men without scars, however, could be seen as more caring and therefore more suitable for long-term relationships.

"The results demonstrate that we may have more in common with non-Western cultures than previously thought. The perception that scarring is a sign of strength is a view shared by the Yanomam tribe of Venezuela for example, who use face-paint to accentuate scars that result from ritualised club fights designed to test a man's endurance against repeated strikes to the head.

"The assumption that scarring is a sign of bravery is also consistent with the historical tradition of academic fencing in Western culture, whereby scarring on a man was often evidence of his courage and ability to withstand an opponent's blow."


'/>"/>

Contact: Samantha Martin
samantha.martin@liv.ac.uk
44-01-517-942-248
University of Liverpool
Source:Eurekalert

Related biology news :

1. Chicks to give scientists clearer picture of fetal development
2. NYU biologist Bonneau named among 20 "visionary" scientists under 40 by Discover magazine
3. Scientists announce major progress towards historic Census of Marine Life in 2010
4. Washington University scientists first to sequence genome of cancer patient
5. Scripps research scientists identify compounds for stem-cell production from adult cells
6. 12 outstanding young scientists named as EMBO Young Investigators
7. Scripps Florida scientists awarded $1.5M to fight major water and food parasites
8. European biodiversity and ecosystem scientists merge and gear up for long-term research
9. Scientists unveil mechanism for up and down in plants
10. Scientists identify cell changes leading to impaired artificial kidney function
11. Scientists achieve first tracking of salmon from headwaters in Rockies through Pacific to Alaska
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/21/2017)... and PORTLAND, Ore. , Feb. ... the Avamere Family of Companies (Avamere Health Services, Infinity ... a six-month research study that will apply the power ... at senior living and health centers. By analyzing data ... to gain insights into physical and environmental conditions, and ...
(Date:2/13/2017)... , Feb. 13, 2017  RSA Conference -- RSA, ... that is designed to enhance fraud detection and ... in the RSA Fraud & Risk Intelligence Suite. ... to leverage additional insights from internal and external ... better protect their customers from targeted cybercrime attacks. ...
(Date:2/8/2017)... , Feb. 8, 2017 About Voice ... voice to match it against a stored voiceprint ... as pitch, cadence, and tone are compared to ... minimal hardware installation, as most PCs already have ... different transactions. Voice recognition biometrics are most likely ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/27/2017)... Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ("InMed") (CSE: IN; OTCQB: IMLFF), reported today that ... total of 10,672,750 common share purchase warrants have been exercised ... the exercise of these warrants totalled $1,387,458 and 10,672,750 common ... ... expression of confidence by our warrant holders. This infusion of ...
(Date:2/27/2017)... , Feb. 27, 2017 Fluxion Biosciences ... Spain has been appointed as a Certified ... The IsoFlux system will be used in Genetracer Biotech,s ... to lung and colon cancer, with plans to move ... laboratory is utilizing Fluxion,s IsoFlux System to isolate, recover, ...
(Date:2/25/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 25, 2017 , ... ... Verified Clinical Trials in an ongoing effort to create meaningful change ... advocacy, and pharmaceutical research with emphasis on consumers and patients’ mental health well-being. ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... 2017 Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, Inc. (OTCQB: PVCT, ... clinical-stage oncology and dermatology biopharmaceutical company, today is ... in its previously announced rights offering of up ... common stock and Series C Convertible Preferred Stock ... As previously announced, the rights ...
Breaking Biology Technology: