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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast reveals the science behind human sexuality. Every month Dr Rob Burriss uncovers new research on attraction, jealousy, lust, and love. Recent topics include: Why do people 'ghost' their partners? Can viewing baby photos make you more interested in marriage? Do women's mate preferences change over the menstrual cycle? Join Rob to find out the answers to all these questions and more!

The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast Dr. Robert Burriss

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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast reveals the science behind human sexuality. Every month Dr Rob Burriss uncovers new research on attraction, jealousy, lust, and love. Recent topics include: Why do people 'ghost' their partners? Can viewing baby photos make you more interested in marriage? Do women's mate preferences change over the menstrual cycle? Join Rob to find out the answers to all these questions and more!

    EHBEA 2019: conference special. 15 July 2019

    EHBEA 2019: conference special. 15 July 2019

    This month, The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast bows out with a special from the European Human Behavior and Evolution Association Conference in Toulouse! Thanks for listening, everyone: it's been real.
    I speak to Ayten Yeşim Semchenko about how men and women choose partners when they have limited information about their romantic prospects; to Linda Lidborg about the possible links between a father's testosterone levels and the sexual behaviour of his adolescent offspring; and to Lucie Kuncová about whether we 'imprint' on our parents' odour and later find people with a similar odour more attractive.


    Yeşim mentioned a study I covered on the podcast a few years ago, about whether people can judge the attractiveness of others just by looking at the back of their heads. Here is a link to the transcript of that episode.


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    The sun sets in Toulouse, and on The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. Flickr/Maxime Bober
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    Breakin' up is hard to do: the final regular episode of The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. 16 Apr 2019

    Breakin' up is hard to do: the final regular episode of The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. 16 Apr 2019

    This month, we interrogate the psychology of the faithful and the faithless. Why do some people pass up the opportunity to cheat on their partners? And, when people do cheat, how do they justify their behaviour?Download the MP3 Subscribe!
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    8 Reasons Not to Cheat
    “It Didn’t Mean Anything.”It's never the right time to leave. Freestocks.The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast: 2009-2019
    This month's episode marks the 10th anniversary of the podcast, and will also be the final regular episode. I started The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast exactly 10 years ago, in April 2009. When I began, I had no endpoint in mind. Neither did I think that 10 years later I would still be doing it. If I cast my mind back to the spring of 2009, I remember assuming that I would continue with the podcast until I started lecturing.
    However, my career took a different path: a succession of fixed-term teaching and research posts has taken me from America, back to England, to Scotland, and now to Switzerland. Although I sometimes teach and supervise students, my workload never shot up overnight as I expected it would. This meant that the day never arrived when it was obvious I had to stop.
    The approaching anniversary has presented me with the opportunity to reflect on how far the podcast has come and where I want it to go from here. More people are listening to the podcast now than ever. I still enjoy choosing research to talk about and recording and editing each show. But I have realised that I no longer have enough time to devote to The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast.
    I would like to spend more time thinking and writing, without the pressure to put out a podcast every four weeks. I am sure this will be disappointing to many of you who have been listening to the podcast for a long time. I want to thank you for sticking with me. I will continue to write about the psychology of attraction, and you will be able to read my blogs here.
    I also hope you'll stay subscribed to the podcast: although I will no longer post regular monthly episodes, I will occasionally put out special episodes. The first of these will appear in your feed next month, and will feature interviews from the European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference in Toulouse.
    Until then, thanks for listening to The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast!
    The articles covered in the show: Apostelou, M., & Panayiotou, R. (2019). The reasons that prevent people from cheating on their partners: an evolutionary account of the propensity not to cheat. Personality and Individual Differences, 146, 34-40. Read summaryWarach, B., Josephs, L., & Gorman, B. S. (in press). Are cheaters sexual hypocrites? Sexual hypocrisy, the self-serving bias, and personality style. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. Read summary

    Faking orgasm: who fakes and why? 19 Mar 2019

    Faking orgasm: who fakes and why? 19 Mar 2019

    This month, we investigate faking orgasm. Who fakes orgasms, and why? We also find out how men and women weigh up the relative importance of facial and bodily attractiveness in a partner.
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    Faking Orgasm: Who Fakes and Why?

    Face or Body: Which Traits Attract a Partner for Committed or Brief Relationships?



    Look like they're having fun. But are they just faking it? Flickr/Jessica Wüst
    The articles covered in the show:
    Jonason, P. K. (2019). Reasons to pretend to orgasm and the mating psychology of those who endorse them. Personality and Individual Differences, 143, 90-94. Read summary
    Zaidi, A. A., White, J. D., Mattern, B. C., Liebowitz, C. R., Puts, D. A., Claes, P., et al. (in press). Facial masculinity does not appear to be a condition-dependent male ornament and does not reflect MHC heterozygosity in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Read summary

    Oxytocin and mate choice. 19 Feb 2019

    Oxytocin and mate choice. 19 Feb 2019

    In this month's episode we look at how men and women's partner preferences are affected by a dose of oxytocin, aka "the love hormone". We'll also find out whether germophobes are more or less likely to pursue short-term relationships.
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    Disgust and Short-Term Relationships

    Oxytocin and Mate-Choice

    How does oxytocin affect men and women's partner preferences? Freestocks
    The articles covered in the show:
    Al-Shawaf, L., Lewis, D. M. G., Ghossainy, M. E., & Buss, D. M. (in press). Experimentally inducing disgust reduces desire for short-term mating. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary
    Xu, L., Becker, B., Luo, R., Zheng, X., Zhao, W., Zhang, Q., et al. (2018). Oxytocin amplifies sex differences in human mate choice. BioRxiv. Read preprint

    Make up and cosmetic surgery. 22 Jan 2019

    Make up and cosmetic surgery. 22 Jan 2019

    I'm back after a holiday break to look at the psychology of appearance enhancement: what does our use of cosmetics say about us to other people? This episode also features an interview with Matthew Vazquez of California State University San Bernardino, who presented his research exploring the complexities of mate attraction at the 2018 HBES conference.
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    What do People Think of Women Who Use Cosmetics and Cosmetic Surgery?

    Does the use of make up, and other efforts at appearance enhancement, affect how we are seen by others? Freestocks
    The articles covered in the show:

    Bradshaw, H. K., Profitt Leyva, R., Nicolas, S. C. A., & Hill, S. E. (2019). Costly female appearance-enhancement provides cues of short-term mating effort: The case of cosmetic surgery. Personality and Individual Differences, 138, 48-55. Read summary
    DelPriore, D. J., Bradshaw, H. K., & Hill, S. E. (2018). Appearance enhancement produces a strategic beautification penalty among women. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, 12(4), 348-366. Read summary
    Vazquez, M., Cisneros, A., & Goetz, C. (2018). Mate value discrepancies and relationship satisfaction in heterosexual and non-heterosexual romantic relationships. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.

    Fertility and health: is beauty a cue? 27 Nov 2018

    Fertility and health: is beauty a cue? 27 Nov 2018

    Why are we attracted to attractive people? Perhaps because evolution has shaped us to seek healthy and fertile partners. But is beauty really linked to biological fitness? We find out. This episode also features an interview with Kai Hiraishi of Keio University, who presented his research on men's over-perception of women's sexual intent at this summer's HBES conference.
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    Does an Hourglass Figure Really Signal Fertility?

    Does Beauty Signal Health?

    Are attractive people healthier and more fertile? Previous assumptions are being overturned. Freestocks
    The articles covered in the show:
    Cai, Z., Hahn, A. C., Zhang, W., Holzleitner, I. J., Lee, A. J., DeBruine, L. M., et al. (in press). No evidence that facial attractiveness, femininity, averageness, or coloration are cues to susceptibility to infectious illnesses in a university sample of young adult women. Evolution and Human Behavior. Read summary
    Hiraishi, K., Kawahata, Y., Nomura, K., & Shigematsu, H. (2018). Women's perception of men's overperception of women's sexual-intent and what she says she really wants. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.
    Lassek, W. B., & Gaulin, S. J. C. (in press). Do the low WHRs and SMIs judged most attractive indicate higher fertility? Evolutionary Psychology. Read summary

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