The Effects of Diurnal Variation in Testosterone on Masculinity and Attractiveness Ratings
Late follicular phase (fertile phase of the menstrual cycle) women are more likely to prefer faces of men that are deemed as more masculine than during the other phases (Welling et al., 2007). Welling et al. (2008) found that when men’s testosterone levels were high, they reported stronger attraction to femininity in women’s faces. Penton-Voak and Perrett (2000), suggested that research had not found a consensus as to why women find certain physical characteristics in male faces attractive versus other qualities. Welling et al., (2016) found no main effect of time of testing in women who reported use of hormonal contraceptives. The purpose of this study was to follow up to two previous studies surrounding diurnal variation of testosterone and its effects on facial and body masculinity and attractiveness ratings (in both males and females).