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On the evolutionary psychology of human attraction
Robert Burriss Ph.D.
Research from Canada suggests that people who rise to the top of their organisations have distinctive faces that advertise traits rare among their peers.
New research by psychologists from New Zealand suggests that there are negative social consequences if our name doesn't match our face.
New research shows that low self-esteem can cause us to underestimate the benefits of showing affection and gratitude to our loved ones.
New research suggests that there is a "family resemblance" between women's boyfriends and brothers.
Psychologists ask young adults whether they would be up for a spot of multi-partner sex. Let’s see what they found out.
Psychologists in Canada have investigated how and why we lust after sexy fan-created works of fiction.
Do sexy women send a man's moral compass haywire? New research shows that exposure to sexy images makes a man more likely to cheat, lie, and steal.
Humans, like other animals, have evolved to spread our genes. Which begs the question: why does anyone stay single?
Researchers from Utah have returned to a high school after four years to track changes in the popularity of sending sexual images via smartphones.
Why do men get tattoos? New research suggests that getting 'inked' makes a man appear more healthy.
Do you have a 'type'? Research shows that exposure to a tough environment, such as an army boot camp, can change your type -- altering the kinds of faces you are most attracted to.
Humans are a predominantly visual species, but we also use our noses to sniff out prospective mates.
Testosterone, the male hormone, has well-known effects on muscle growth and competitiveness. But can it also affect how men perceive women's faces?
Is our preferred political party linked to our sexual behaviour? New research suggests that certain sexual acts are associated with right/left political ideology.
Two new studies go beyond the simple assumption that pornography is bad for relationships.
Donald Trump is hardly a sartorial icon, though he is known for one eye-catching style choice—his “power ties." But does his favored red tie really make him seem more powerful?
The claim that men are intimidated by clever women is backed by the results of a new study on speed-dating.
New research shows that we keep a closer eye on our love rivals if our partner is hotter than us.
Couples who vary in weight experience more prejudice, receive advice to not date in public, and are rated as less likable, according to new research from California.
Three new scientific papers reveal why we are prone to fall for our friends, and explain why so many of us try to remain friends with an ex.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is practised in many countries, most of which are in Africa. Proponents of FGM claim that it limits women's interest in sex. But are they right?
Are men flummoxed by the scent of a sexy woman? Scientists at Rutgers University made men sniff female pheromones to find out.
How the menstrual cycle influences women's sharing behaviour, and why your hormones (and the hormones of other women) have an impact on what you feel is fair.
Wearing red clothes makes women more attractive to men. But do women take advantage of this fact by wearing red when they want to attract a man’s attention?
And predicting the sex of your child: do women who prefer a certain type of man think they're more likely to give birth to boys or girls?
Research shows that women value physical attractiveness more when choosing a partner for themselves than for a sister.
New research reveals that women who feel vulnerable to crime are more attracted to dominant, formidable men.
Women are attracted to men who are altruistic and good looking. But, if you had to choose, which would be more important to you?
Confident and masculine men are more likely to give erotic gifts, according to researchers from Canada and Brazil.
Psychologists in Canada have found that bullies experience greater opportunities for sex. Bullies are more likely to have dated, had sex, and to report numerous sexual partners.
Robert Burriss, Ph.D., is an evolutionary psychologist at Basel University in Switzerland. He produces The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast.