Find out what new studies suggest about human attraction and genes.
Attractive features indicate low oxidative stress:
According to this article from British newspaper The Independent, “men who were rated as the most physically attractive by women have the lowest levels of markers of oxidative stress.”
Ten measurements were taken of the men to determine their symmetry. Then they were tested and quizzed for indicators of oxidative stress. “Finally, a group of women were asked to rate images of the men’s bodies and faces for physical attractiveness. Results show that men who were rated as attractive by the women had significantly lower levels of oxidative stress. And men with more symmetrical bodies had lower levels and were rated as more attractive.”
The perfect body mass index:
The study also reported that “a ratio of 20.85 has been found to be most attractive in women, because, say researchers, it is seen by men as a sign of good health and good reproductive potential. One University of California study showed that women with larger hips perform better in intelligence tests, as do their children. ”
Long legs in women, shorter in men:
Oddly, leg lengths were perceived differently for men and women. “Long legs are preferred in women, while men with legs the same length as the torso are preferred by women.”
“Facial scars in men are seen as attractive, as long as they are the right kind of scar. A facial scar, preferably one that looks like it was inflicted in anger, increases the attractiveness of a man for a short-term relationship, according to a Liverpool University study.”
“New research has found genetic evidence that selfless or altruistic behavior may have evolved because it was one of the qualities our ancestors looked for in a mate. Results suggest that, in our evolutionary past, those with a stronger preference towards altruistic behavior mated more frequently with more altruistic people.”
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Adapted from The Independent article The Scientific Rules of Attraction.