(The Telegraph) The laws of attraction
12:01AM GMT 02 Nov 2005
- The preference of women for men with high cheekbones helped shape human evolution, according to the Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt. The popularity of film stars such as Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen may be the latest examples of the preference.
- For an enduring relationship, an attractive smell is as important as good looks. A study at St Andrews University shows that people use both visual and odour cues when seeking long-term partners.
- Women can tell whether a man is attractive and has “good” genes from a glimpse of his cheek, according to the University of Newcastle. Ninety women were asked to assess the facial attractiveness of 76 men and found that the rankings remained the same when only shown a small area of facial skin.
- Scientists now understand what happens in the brain when one makes eye contact with an attractive person. A team from University College London found a Brief Encounter-style meeting boosted activity in the brain’s ventral striatum, which is linked with the expectation of a reward.
- When women detect the sweaty smell of a man there is a boost in blood flow to the part of their brains governing reproduction, according to the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm.
- Women have a tell-tale body odour that reveals when they are fertile, according to studies by the University of Texas, Austin. “Men judge the smell of a T-shirt worn by the woman during fertile phase as more pleasant and sexy than a T-shirt worn by the same woman during her non-fertile phase,” said a spokesman.
- Beautiful women go for more rugged males such as the actor Russell Crowe, while more dowdy females really do prefer wimps such as Rick Moranis, according to St Andrews University. The team reasoned that beautiful women go for masculine men because they are driven by the urge to have beautiful children while their less attractive peers are more driven by the urge to find a partner who was “least likely to desert them.”
- Symmetry helps to advertise biological quality – fine genes, reproductive vigour and even intelligence, according to research by New Mexico University.
- The male obsession with Marilyn Monroe, left, and other women with an hour-glass figure reflects how a curvaceous figure is a sign of good health and fecundity, according to a study at the University of Texas at Austin. A lower waist-hip ratio was preserved in women who appeared in Playboy centrefolds from 1955 to 1965 and 1976 to 1990. Even though the women became more slender, their waist-to-hip ratio changed only slightly.