Recent research has suggested that extraversion is associated with a variety of indices of women’s mate quality (e.g., facial symmetry, social status, facial attractiveness). Since indices of women’s mate quality are thought to predict individual differences in their preferences for masculine men, we investigated the relationships between each of the ‘Big 5’ personality factors and women’s preferences for masculinity in face images. Extraversion, but not the other four personality factors, was positively correlated with women’s preferences for masculinity in men’s faces, but not women’s faces. This is the first study that we know of to implicate extraversion in individual differences in women’s preferences for masculine men.
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