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The female nude in Rubens: disconfirmatory evidence of the waist-to-hip ratio hypothesis of female physical attractivenes

Swami, Viren and Gray, Maggie and Furnham, Adrian (2007) The female nude in Rubens: disconfirmatory evidence of the waist-to-hip ratio hypothesis of female physical attractivenes. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 26 (1-2). pp. 139-147. ISSN 0276-2366

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.2190/R11X-5752-V164-4240

Abstract

Strong versions of evolutionary psychologists have proposed that men possess perceptual mechanisms that engender a preference for women with low waist-to-hip ratios (WHR), typically 0.70, as this is considered maximally healthy and fertile. This has taken to be culturally and temporally invariant. In the present study, two semi-expert and two non-expert judges made measurements of the WHR of nude females in paintings by Pieter Pauwel Rubens. The results showed that the mean WHR of Rubens' women was 0.776, significantly higher than the reported preference for WHRs of 0.70. Possible non-adaptive explanations for this result are proposed in conclusion.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:4497
Deposited On:30 Oct 2007
Last Modified:05 Nov 2009 12:26

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