Ratings of voice attractiveness predict sexual behavior and body configuration
Susan M. Hughes1, Franco Dispenza, Gordon G. Gallup Jr.*
Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12222, United States
Received 22 March 2004; received in revised form 10 May 2004
We investigated the relationship between ratings of voice attractiveness and sexually dimorphic differences in shoulder-to-hip ratios (SHR) and waist-to-hip ratios (WHR), as well as different features of sexual behavior. Opposite-sex voice attractiveness ratings were positively correlated with SHR in males and negatively correlated with WHR in females. For both sexes, ratings of opposite-sex voice
attractiveness also predicted reported age of first sexual intercourse, number of sexual partners, number of extra-pair copulation (EPC) partners, and number of partners that they had intercourse with that were involved in another relationship (i.e., were themselves chosen as an EPC partner). Coupled with previous findings showing a relationship between voice attractiveness and bilateral symmetry, these results provide additional evidence that the sound of a persons voice may serve as an important multidimensional fitness indicator.
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Keywords: Voice attractiveness; Shoulder-to-hip ratio; Waist-to-hip ratio; Sexual behavior; Mate selection; Nocturnal communication