fWHR is measured from the width of the zygomatic arches and height between the vermillion border of the upper lip and midbrow point at the top.
The relation between the variables studied on women's interest in a long-term (LTR) or short-term (STR) relationship, and how likely they were to choose the men for a further date.
Predictor LTR STR Chance of Being Chosen
Age .32 .21 .26
Attractiveness .51 .44 .47
Adiposity -.12 -.25 -.23
fWHR .15 .31 .30
The direct and indirect effects of fWHR combined explain 34% of the variance in women’s interest in short-term relationships
Men with wide faces are not more physically attractive to women, but are preferred for short-term relationships and future dates.
Thus, results support our model that a higher male fWHR leads to perceptions of greater dominance, which in turn makes men attractive for short-term relationships
The results are also consistent with the non-mutually exclusive explanation that women may be favoring dominant-looking men to gain protection in a short term context at the expense of having long-term investment.