The Psychology of Attractiveness PodcastAuthor: Dr. Robert Burriss
16 Jan 2019

The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast

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Dr. Rob Burriss reveals the science behind attraction, sexuality, and beauty.

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    Fertility and health: is beauty a cue? 27 Nov 2018

    Why are we attracted to attractive people? Perhaps because evolution has shaped us to seek healthy and fertile partners. But is beauty really linked to biological fitness? We find out. This episode also features an interview with Kai Hiraishi of Keio University, who presented his research on men's over-perception of women's sexual intent at this summer's HBES conference.

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    Does an Hourglass Figure Really Signal Fertility?
    Does Beauty Signal Health?

    Are attractive people healthier and more fertile? Previous assumptions are being overturned. Freestocks

    The articles covered in the show:

    Cai, Z., Hahn, A. C., Zhang, W., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., DeBruine, L. M., et al. (in press). No evidence that facial attractiveness, femininity, averageness, or coloration are cues to susceptibility to infectious illnesses in a university sample of young adult women. Evolution and Human Behavior. Read summary

    Hiraishi, K., Kawahata, Y., Nomura, K., & Shigematsu, H. (2018). Women's perception of men's overperception of women's sexual-intent and what she says she really wants. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.

    Lassek, W. B., & Gaulin, S. J. C. (in press). Do the low WHRs and SMIs judged most attractive indicate higher fertility? Evolutionary Psychology. Read summary


  • Posted on 27 Nov 2018

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    Sex with an ex. 30 Oct 2018

    This month, is pursuing sex with an ex likely to help or hinder your recovery from a breakup? And we find out why a team of psychologists from Michigan brought volunteers to their lab to look at a rabbit and a snake. This episode also features an interview with Vicky Leigh of Glasgow University, who presented her research on sexual imprinting at the recent HBES conference.

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    Sex with an Ex: Good or Bad for Breakup Recovery?
    The Snake and the Rabbit: Animal Influences on Human Mate Choice


    Would looking at this rabbit (or a snake) affect what you find attractive in a partner? freestocks

    The articles covered in the show:

    Leigh, V., Jones, B., & DeBruine, L. (2018). Bisexual women show positive sexual imprinting on the partner-sex parent for eye colour. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.

    Reeve, S. D., Mogilski, J. K., & Welling, L. L. M. (in press). Environmental safety threat alters mate choice processes in humans: further evidence for the Environmental Security Hypothesis. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary

    Spielmann, S. S., Joel, S., & Impett, E. A. (in press). Pursuing sex with an ex: does it hinder breakup recovery? Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summary


  • Posted on 31 Oct 2018

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    Sex smells. 25 Sep 2018

    This month we sniff out the link between sex and a sense of smell, and we'll ask: how much should a engagement ring really cost?

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    How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring?
    Sex Smells

    If you need to get this close to sniff out a partner, you should get your nose tested. Freestocks

    The articles covered in the show:

    Bendas, J., Hummel, T., & Croy, I. (in press). Olfactory function relates to sexual experience in adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summary

    Cloud, J. M., & Taylor, M. H. (in press). The effect of mate value discrepancy on hypothetical engagement ring purchases. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary


  • Posted on 03 Oct 2018

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    Straight men who hookup with other men. 28 Aug 2018

    In this month's episode we look at sexuality: why do people who identify as straight sometimes hookup with partners of the same gender? We'll also find out if straight men prefer women who are attracted to other women. This episode also features an interview with Sydni Huxman of Kansas State University, who presented her research on backup partners at the recent HBES conference.

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    Straight Man Seeks… Who?

    Can men and women identify as straight but still hookup with same-gender partners? Joanna Malinowska/Freestocks

    The articles covered in the show:

    Apostelou, M., Wang, Y., & O, J. (2018). Do men prefer women who are attracted to women? A cross-cultural evolutionary investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 31-39. Read summary

    Huxman, S. A. J., Brandner, J. L., & Brase, G. L. (2018). Friends with potential benefits: Exploring the relationships between individual differences and backup mates. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.

    Kuperberg, A., & Walker, A. (2018). Heterosexual college students who hookup with same-sex partners. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47(5), 1387-1403. Read summary


  • Posted on 28 Aug 2018

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    Dating apps and sociosexuality. 03 Jul 2018

    In this month's episode we look at dating apps, and how the way we interact with them is influenced by our sociosexuality (aka our willingness to engage in casual sex).

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    Dating Apps and Mating Strategies

    Does our 'sociosexuality' affect how we behave on dating apps, like Tinder? Freestocks.

    The articles covered in the show:

    Botnen, E. O., Bendixen, M., Grøntvedt, T. V., & Kennair, L. E. O. (2018). Individual differences in sociosexuality predict picture-based mobile dating app use. Personality and Individual Differences, 131, 67-73. Read summary

    Hallam, L., De Backer, C. J. S., Fisher, M. L., & Walrave, M. (in press). Are sex differences in mating strategies overrated? Sociosexual orientation as a dominant predictor in online dating strategies. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary



  • Posted on 19 Aug 2018

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