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Sara Beg PSY 2012 Section AW59 Kimberly Renk Tracy, J. L., & Beall, A. T. (2011, May). Happy guys finish last: The impact of emotion expressions on sexual attraction. . Emotion . Retrieved June 12, 2011, from PsycARTICLES database.
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Researchers investigated how members of both sexes found someone sexually attractive and how a person’s facial expression influenced this attraction. Perhaps women were more attracted to men who appeared proud and confident over men who had friendly smiles on their faces. Perhaps men, in turn, preferred women who expressed some kind of shame or who had a friendly smile over women who seemed proud. Based on previous research, women appear to be more attracted to men who women perceive as good providers, while men appear more attracted to healthier-looking, more youthful-looking women. Since a man with high status is very likely to be a good provider and financially stable, men with high status are often proud and/or incredibly confident. As a result, they may be more sexually attractive to women than a happy-looking man because, when it comes to the happy- looking man, women may perceive him as friendly but they cannot tell if he is likely to be a good provider or not. Men, on the other hand, may find happy, friendly-looking women more attractive and more approachable than women who look proud. This is in accordance with the gender roles present in many cultures where the ideal women are perceived as submissive while men are the head of the household: confident, strong figures. Shame, often perceived as a negative emotion, may detract from a male’s sexual attractiveness to a woman but may actually enhance a woman’s sexual attractiveness to males because it is in keeping with the idea of the woman as submissive and the fact that woman visibly appears ashamed could also possibly signify trustworthiness and high moral values. Previous studies did not shed any light on how a happy smile may influence the wearer’s
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