Hüft-Taille-Verhältnis und geistige Eigenschaften

Eine interessante Studie zu der Einstimmung bestimmter mentaler Eigenschaften bei Frauen mit einem weiblichen Hüft-Taille-Verhältnis:

Body configuration is a sexually dimorphic trait. In humans, men tend to have high shoulder-to-hip ratios. Women in contrast, often have low waist-to-hip ratios (WHR); i.e., narrow waists and broad hips that approximate an hour-glass configuration. Women with low WHR’s are rated as more attractive, healthier, and more fertile. They also tend to have more attractive voices, lose their virginity sooner, and have more sex partners. WHR has also been linked with general cognitive performance. In the present study we expand upon previous research examining the role of WHR in cognition. We hypothesized that more feminine body types, as indexed by a low WHR, would be associated with cognitive measures of the female “brain type,” such as mental state attribution and empathy because both may depend upon the activational effects of estrogens at puberty. We found that women with low WHRs excel at identifying emotional states of other people and show a cognitive style that favors empathizing over systemizing. We suggest this relationship may be a byproduct of greater gluteofemoral fat stores which are high in the essential fatty acids needed to support brain development and cellular functioning. It is interesting to note that our findings suggest lower WHR females, who are more likely to be targeted for dishonest courtship, may be better at identifying disingenuous claims of commitment.

Quelle: Mental State Attribution and Body Configuration in Women

Finde ich ganz interessant, weil dort bestimmte körperliche Eigenschaften, die in einem engen Zusammenhang mit Östrogenen stehen in einer gewissen Verbindung mit weiblichen mentalen Eigenschaften zu stehen scheinen, was gut in die biologischen Theorien passt.

Females with low WHR’s who excel at making mental state attributions may benefit in several ways. First, mental state attribution may be an important component to mate selection. Most studies of WHR and attractiveness find that men prefer women with lower WHR’s (Singh et al., 2010). Even congenitally blind men display a preference for low WHR (Karremans et al., 2010). In addition, women with low WHR’s have more attractive voices, lose their virginity sooner, have more sex partners, and are more prone to engage in extra-pair copulations (Hughes et al., 2004).

Females with low WHR’s who excel at mental state attribution may be able to better distinguish between males who feign good intentions for purposes of gaining sexual favors (e.g., “I love you, so let’s go to bed”) and those with honest intentions to enter into a long-term committed relationship. Because low WHR females might be pursued more actively by males using both kinds of strategies, there may have been selective pressure to accurately gage the intentions of prospective mates as a means of reducing the likelihood of falling victim to dishonest courtship strategies. In line with this idea, our data show that WHR is inversely related to mental state attribution in females, suggesting that lower WHR females who are more likely to be targeted for dishonest courtship are better at distinguishing between genuine and disingenuous claims of commitment.

 Schöne Frauen haben also früher Sex, mehr Sexpartner und betrügen eher. Dafür erkennen sie auch eher, dass der andere sie nur benutzen will.