OBERZAUCHER, Elisabeth, Stanislav KATINA, I.J. HOLZLEITNER, S.F. SCHMEHL, I. MEHU-BLANTAR and K. GRAMMER. The myth of hidden ovulation: Shape and texture changes in the face during the menstrual cycle. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 2012, vol. 10, No 4, p. 163–175. ISSN 1789-2082. doi:10.1556/JEP.10.2012.4.1.
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Original name The myth of hidden ovulation: Shape and texture changes in the face during the menstrual cycle
Authors OBERZAUCHER, Elisabeth (40 Austria), Stanislav KATINA (703 Slovakia, guarantor, belonging to the institution), I.J. HOLZLEITNER (40 Austria), S.F. SCHMEHL (40 Austria), I. MEHU-BLANTAR (40 Austria) and K. GRAMMER (40 Austria).
Edition Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, Budapest, Akadémiai Kiadó, 2012, 1789-2082.
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Original language English
Type of outcome Article in a journal
Field of Study 10103 Statistics and probability
Country of publisher Hungary
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
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RIV identification code RIV/00216224:14310/12:00067793
Organization unit Faculty of Science
Doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1556/JEP.10.2012.4.1
Keywords in English ovulation; facial attractiveness; symmetry; geometric morphometric methodology
Tags AKR, rivok
Tags International impact, Reviewed
Changed by Changed by: doc. PaedDr. RNDr. Stanislav Katina, Ph.D., učo 111465. Changed: 11. 4. 2014 17:44.
Abstract
In recent years, evidence has been gathered indicating increased attractiveness of female faces at the point of ovulation. In this paper, we asked what changes in facial appearance occur during menstrual cycle that lead to this shift in attractiveness. We analysed facial photographs of 20 young women with a normal cycle. We found evidence for textural changes, as well as shape changes that might account for the ovulatory peak in attractiveness. Generally, facial shape at ovulation is perceived as more attractive – and ovulating women are perceived as more attractive the closer their face shape is to the “ovulation shape”. These findings support the hypothesis that attractive signals might be rooted in signals of fertility.
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CZ.1.07/2.2.00/15.0203, interní kód MUName: Univerzitní výuka matematiky v měnícím se světě (Acronym: Univerzitní výuka matematiky)
Investor: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR, 2.2 Higher education
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