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SEMINAR: Down from the verandah and back again: Cross-cultural and experimental studies of human physical attractiveness.

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Down from the verandah and back again: Cross-cultural and experimental studies of human physical attractiveness. : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series Other events...
The Seminar: Although beauty is often said to be ‘in the eye of the beholder’, the past 30 years of research into human mate preferences has revealed that our judgments of physical attractiveness are not so subjective. Instead, sexual dimorphism in body composition and secondary sexual traits is argued to reveal aspects of health, fertility and competitive ability that determine men and women’s attractiveness. However, much of the evidence in support of this view comes from studies conducted among people in Western cultures, which represent only a thin slice of human cultural diversity. In this seminar, Barnaby will summarize some of his cross-cultural research on men and women’s preferences for body composition, body hair and beards. He will then discuss the degree to which cross-cultural research is complimented by behavioural eye-tracking research and experiments conducted on-line. Finally, he will describe some of his most recent research from Pacific island cultures in which he attempts to use islands as ‘natural laboratories’ to test predictions regarding how social and ecological factors influence women’s preferences for masculine traits in men.

The Speaker: Barnaby trained in social and physical anthropology but has broad interests that span behavioural psychology to evolutionary biology. He is currently a post-doctoral researcher in the Evolution and Ecology Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. His research focuses on human behavioural ecology, particularly mate preferences, from an evolutionary perspective. He is primarily interested in the role of body composition and secondary sexual traits in determining male and female attractiveness judgments cross-culturally, including among indigenous cultures.
Speaker(s) Barnaby Dixson, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Evolution and Ecology Research Centre, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New South Wales
Location Room 1.81, Anatomy Building (north), The University of Western Australia
Contact Debbie Hull <[email protected]> : 6488 3313
URL https://www.aphb.uwa.edu.au/research/seminars/
Start Tue, 02 Sep 2014 13:00
End Tue, 02 Sep 2014 14:00
Submitted by Debbie Hull <[email protected]>
Last Updated Tue, 10 Feb 2015 16:17
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