sexta-feira, outubro 01, 2004

Chickens Prefer Beautiful Humans

Authors: Stefano Ghirlanda , Liselotte Jansson , Magnus Enquist

Keywords: Facial attractiveness, Handicap principle, Receiver bias, Sexual selection

Abstract: We trained chickens to react to an average human female face but not to an average male face (or vice versa). In a subsequent test, the animals showed preferences for faces consistent with human sexual preferences (obtained from university students). This suggests that human preferences arise from general properties of nervous systems, rather than from face-specific adaptations. We discuss this result in the light of current debate on the meaning of sexual signals and suggest further tests of existing hypotheses about the origin of sexual preferences.

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