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Adiposity, compared with masculinity, serves as a more valid cue to immunocompetence in human mate choice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23193134     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
According to the 'good genes' hypothesis, females choose males based on traits that indicate the male's genetic quality in terms of disease resistance. The 'immunocompetence handicap hypothesis' proposed that secondary sexual traits serve as indicators of male genetic quality, because they indicate that males can contend with the immunosuppressive effects of testosterone. Masculinity is commonly assumed to serve as such a secondary sexual trait. Yet, women do not consistently prefer masculine looking men, nor is masculinity consistently related to health across studies. Here, we show that adiposity, but not masculinity, significantly mediates the relationship between a direct measure of immune response (hepatitis B antibody response) and attractiveness for both body and facial measurements. In addition, we show that circulating testosterone is more closely associated with adiposity than masculinity. These findings indicate that adiposity, compared with masculinity, serves as a more important cue to immunocompetence in female mate choice.
Markus J Rantala; Vinet Coetzee; Fhionna R Moore; Ilona Skrinda; Sanita Kecko; Tatjana Krama; Inese Kivleniece; Indrikis Krams
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society     Volume:  280     ISSN:  1471-2954     ISO Abbreviation:  Proc. Biol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-11-29     Completed Date:  2013-05-06     Revised Date:  2014-01-23    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101245157     Medline TA:  Proc Biol Sci     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  20122495     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Adipose Tissue
Adiposity / genetics*
Body Weights and Measures
Choice Behavior*
European Continental Ancestry Group
Hepatitis B Antibodies / blood
Immunocompetence / genetics*
Immunoenzyme Techniques
Regression Analysis
Sexual Behavior / physiology
Testosterone / blood
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Hepatitis B Antibodies; 3XMK78S47O/Testosterone

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