Alharbi S, Holzleitner IJ, Lee A, Saribay SA & Jones BC (preprint). Facial masculinity increases perceptions of menís age, but not perceptions of their health: Data from an Arab sample. PsyArXiv . doi: [data] [preprint]

Masculine characteristics in menís faces are often assumed to function as health cues. However, evidence for this assumption from empirical tests is mixed. For example, research on western womenís face perceptions found that masculinised versions of menís faces were perceived to be older, but not healthier, than feminised versions. Since research on this topic has focused on western womenís face perceptions, we investigated the effects of masculinizing face images on Arab womenís perceptions of menís health (Study 1, N= 211) and age (Study 2, N= 209). Arab women perceived masculinized versions of male face images to be older, but not healthier, than feminized versions. These results add to a growing body of evidence challenging the assumption that male facial masculinity functions primarily as a health cue.

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