Next time you are out to dinner, give your date a second look. Research was published today that shows women are able to judge a man’s likelihood to cheat by studying his face alone, even in the absence of behavioral cues.
Researchers from the University of Western Australia presented their work today in the Royal Society’s journal Biology Letters. The research concludes that women are able to assess mens’ unfaithfulness with a modest degree of accuracy. The facial features that indicate a man who is prone to cheating include classic masculine features such as a square chin, a prominent brow, and a wide, angular jaw.
In their paper, the research team stated:
“We conclude that impressions of sexual faithfulness from faces have a kernel of truth, at least for women, and that they may help people assess the quality of potential mates about whom they have minimal behavioral information.”
According to the Daily Mail, the study’s co-author, Professor Leigh Simmons, said:
“Females may have become better at the task because they have more to lose if their lover leaves them holding the baby.”
While women could spot the men with masculine facial features as cheaters, the study shows men had a hard time correctly identifying cheating women. It is interesting to note, though untrue according to this research, that men think attractive and feminine women are more likely to cheat. Unfortunately, the men struck out on that assessment.
The research team was able to complete this study by using almost 200 photographs of adults who had answered questions about their unfaithfulness. They then showed these photos to a test group who were asked on a scale of 1 to 10 (not very likely to very likely): “How likely is this person to be unfaithful? in a sexual context.”
The research team believes more work needs to be done in this area.