Correlated preferences for men's facial and vocal masculinity

David R. Feinberg, Lisa M. DeBruine, Benedict C. Jones, Anthony C. Little

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Previous studies have reported variation in women's preferences for masculinity in men's faces and voices. Women show consistent preferences for vocal masculinity, but highly variable preferences for facial masculinity. Within individuals, men with attractive voices tend to have attractive faces, suggesting common information may be conveyed by these cues. Here we tested whether men and women with particularly strong preferences for male vocal masculinity also have stronger preferences for male facial masculinity. We found that masculinity preferences were positively correlated across modalities. We also investigated potential influences on these relationships between face and voice preferences. Women using oral contraceptives showed weaker facial and vocal masculinity preferences and weaker associations between masculinity preferences across modalities than women not using oral contraceptives. Collectively, these results suggest that men's faces and voices may reveal common information about the masculinity of the sender, and that these multiple quality cues could be used in conjunction by the perceiver in order to determine the overall quality of individuals. Crown Copyright (C) 2008 Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-241
Number of pages9
JournalEvolution and Human Behavior
Issue number4
Early online date20 Mar 2008
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


  • face
  • voice
  • femininity
  • hormonal contraceptive
  • birth control
  • pill
  • human female preferences
  • sexual-dimorphism
  • menstrual-cycle
  • voice pitch
  • attractiveness judgements
  • salivary testosterone
  • visual-perception
  • signals quality
  • apparent health
  • one ornament


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