June 14, 2007
How well did you get on with your father? Very well? Now — does your spouse bear an uncanny resemblance to him?
According to a team of psychologists, women who had good relationships with their dads when they were kids are more apt to pick partners who look like the dads — and vice versa. You read it here first.
The study, by psychologists in England and Poland, based its conclusions on 49 Polish women: Each had to choose the faces she found most attractive and these faces were then compared with her father's. The women were also asked a series of questions about their relationships with their fathers, and these answers were used to compile an overall "positivity score."
"Well-known 'daddies' girls' such as Nigella Lawson and Zoe Ball back up these findings," says a press release on the study. "A comparison of pictures of Charles Saatchi with Nigel Lawson and Norman Cook with Johnny Ball reveals some close correlations, especially in the central facial area, including the nose, chin and eyes."
The report was published in the June issue of Evolution and Human Behavior, a tome you can find here: journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ens/current. It's a journal for scientists who seek to explain the myriad foibles of human behavior (be it selfishness, altruism, cattiness, cheating, loyalty, greediness or a tendency to laugh too loud at bad jokes) as things our species evolved to do because somehow it made us more likely to survive and reproduce.
One thing that may come in evolutionarily handy is not giving away anything for free. Fittingly, you'll have to pony up dough before the journal will let you read the skinny on "Facial Movement Varies by Sex and Is Related to Attractiveness" or "Visible Skin Color Distribution Plays a Role in the Perception of Age, Attractiveness, and Health in Female Faces."
— Rosie Mestel
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