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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast

Dr. Robert Burriss

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The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast
The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast

The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast

Dr. Robert Burriss

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Dr. Rob Burriss reveals the science behind attraction, sexuality, and beauty.

Latest Episodes

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. Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. The sun sets in Toulouse, and on The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. Flickr/Maxime Bober

30 MINJUL 15
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EHBEA 2019: conference special. 15 July 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! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 8 Reasons Not toCheat “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 success...

16 MINAPR 16
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Breakin' up is hard to do: the final regular episode of The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. 16 Apr 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 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 WüstThe 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 summaryZaidi, 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 A...

13 MINMAR 19
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Faking orgasm: who fakes and why? 19 Mar 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Disgust and Short-Term Relationships Oxytocin and Mate-ChoiceHow does oxytocin affect men and women's partner preferences? FreestocksThe 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 summaryXu, 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

12 MINFEB 19
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Oxytocin and mate choice. 19 Feb 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 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? FreestocksThe 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 summaryDelPriore, D. J., Bradshaw...

26 MINJAN 23
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Make up and cosmetic surgery. 22 Jan 2019

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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Does an Hourglass Figure Really Signal Fertility? Does Beauty Signal Health?Are attractive people healthier and more fertile? Previous assumptions are being overturned. FreestocksThe 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...

16 MIN2018 NOV 27
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Fertility and health: is beauty a cue? 27 Nov 2018

Sex with an ex. 30 Oct 2018

This month, is pursuing sex with an ex likely to help or hinder your recovery from a breakup? And we find out why a team of psychologists from Michigan brought volunteers to their lab to look at a rabbit and a snake. This episode also features an interview with Vicky Leigh of Glasgow University, who presented her research on sexual imprinting at the recent HBES conference.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Sex with an Ex: Good or Bad for Breakup Recovery? The Snake and the Rabbit: Animal Influences on Human Mate Choice Would looking at this rabbit (or a snake) affect what you find attractive in a partner? freestocksThe articles covered in the show: Leigh, V., Jones, B., & DeBruine, L. (2018). Bisexual women show positive sexual imprinting on the partner-sex parent for eye colour. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.Reeve, S. D.,...

19 MIN2018 OCT 31
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Sex with an ex. 30 Oct 2018

Sex smells. 25 Sep 2018

This month we sniff out the link between sex and a sense of smell, and we'll ask: how much should a engagement ring really cost? Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring? Sex Smells If you need to get this close to sniff out a partner, you should get your nose tested. FreestocksThe articles covered in the show: Bendas, J., Hummel, T., & Croy, I. (in press). Olfactory function relates to sexual experience in adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summaryCloud, J. M., & Taylor, M. H. (in press). The effect of mate value discrepancy on hypothetical engagement ring purchases. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary

16 MIN2018 SEP 25
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Sex smells. 25 Sep 2018

Straight men who hookup with other men. 28 Aug 2018

In this month's episode we look at sexuality: why do people who identify as straight sometimes hookup with partners of the same gender? We'll also find out if straight men prefer women who are attracted to other women. This episode also features an interview with Sydni Huxman of Kansas State University, who presented her research on backup partners at the recent HBES conference.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Straight Man Seeks… Who?Can men and women identify as straight but still hookup with same-gender partners? Joanna Malinowska/FreestocksThe articles covered in the show: Apostelou, M., Wang, Y., & O, J. (2018). Do men prefer women who are attracted to women? A cross-cultural evolutionary investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 31-39. Read summaryHuxman, S. A. J., Brandner, J. L., & Brase, G. L. (2018). Friends with potential benefits: Explorin...

21 MIN2018 AUG 28
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Straight men who hookup with other men. 28 Aug 2018

Dirty jokes and age differences. 31 Jul 2018

This month I tell some dirty and clean jokes: whether or not you laugh may say something about the kind of relationship that suits you best. We'll also find out why some of us are uneasy with relationships between people with a big age difference. And, in the first of my interviews from the recent Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference in Amsterdam, I speak with Dr. Anthony Lee of Glasgow University about his research on internet dating. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere.Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Why do People Condemn Age-Discrepant Relationships? Is a Dirty Joke a Good Chat Up Line?His joke may have been filthier than a sack of compost, but it sure was funny. Brian Wolfe/FlickrThe articles covered in the show: Lee, A. (2018). ...

24 MIN2018 JUL 31
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Dirty jokes and age differences. 31 Jul 2018

Latest Episodes

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. Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. The sun sets in Toulouse, and on The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. Flickr/Maxime Bober

30 MINJUL 15
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EHBEA 2019: conference special. 15 July 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! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 8 Reasons Not toCheat “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 success...

16 MINAPR 16
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Breakin' up is hard to do: the final regular episode of The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast. 16 Apr 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 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 WüstThe 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 summaryZaidi, 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 A...

13 MINMAR 19
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Faking orgasm: who fakes and why? 19 Mar 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Disgust and Short-Term Relationships Oxytocin and Mate-ChoiceHow does oxytocin affect men and women's partner preferences? FreestocksThe 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 summaryXu, 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

12 MINFEB 19
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Oxytocin and mate choice. 19 Feb 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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! 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? FreestocksThe 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 summaryDelPriore, D. J., Bradshaw...

26 MINJAN 23
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Make up and cosmetic surgery. 22 Jan 2019

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.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Does an Hourglass Figure Really Signal Fertility? Does Beauty Signal Health?Are attractive people healthier and more fertile? Previous assumptions are being overturned. FreestocksThe 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...

16 MIN2018 NOV 27
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Fertility and health: is beauty a cue? 27 Nov 2018

Sex with an ex. 30 Oct 2018

This month, is pursuing sex with an ex likely to help or hinder your recovery from a breakup? And we find out why a team of psychologists from Michigan brought volunteers to their lab to look at a rabbit and a snake. This episode also features an interview with Vicky Leigh of Glasgow University, who presented her research on sexual imprinting at the recent HBES conference.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Sex with an Ex: Good or Bad for Breakup Recovery? The Snake and the Rabbit: Animal Influences on Human Mate Choice Would looking at this rabbit (or a snake) affect what you find attractive in a partner? freestocksThe articles covered in the show: Leigh, V., Jones, B., & DeBruine, L. (2018). Bisexual women show positive sexual imprinting on the partner-sex parent for eye colour. Poster presented at the Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference.Reeve, S. D.,...

19 MIN2018 OCT 31
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Sex with an ex. 30 Oct 2018

Sex smells. 25 Sep 2018

This month we sniff out the link between sex and a sense of smell, and we'll ask: how much should a engagement ring really cost? Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! How Much to Spend on an Engagement Ring? Sex Smells If you need to get this close to sniff out a partner, you should get your nose tested. FreestocksThe articles covered in the show: Bendas, J., Hummel, T., & Croy, I. (in press). Olfactory function relates to sexual experience in adults. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read summaryCloud, J. M., & Taylor, M. H. (in press). The effect of mate value discrepancy on hypothetical engagement ring purchases. Evolutionary Psychological Science. Read summary

16 MIN2018 SEP 25
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Sex smells. 25 Sep 2018

Straight men who hookup with other men. 28 Aug 2018

In this month's episode we look at sexuality: why do people who identify as straight sometimes hookup with partners of the same gender? We'll also find out if straight men prefer women who are attracted to other women. This episode also features an interview with Sydni Huxman of Kansas State University, who presented her research on backup partners at the recent HBES conference.Download the MP3 Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Straight Man Seeks… Who?Can men and women identify as straight but still hookup with same-gender partners? Joanna Malinowska/FreestocksThe articles covered in the show: Apostelou, M., Wang, Y., & O, J. (2018). Do men prefer women who are attracted to women? A cross-cultural evolutionary investigation. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 31-39. Read summaryHuxman, S. A. J., Brandner, J. L., & Brase, G. L. (2018). Friends with potential benefits: Explorin...

21 MIN2018 AUG 28
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Straight men who hookup with other men. 28 Aug 2018

Dirty jokes and age differences. 31 Jul 2018

This month I tell some dirty and clean jokes: whether or not you laugh may say something about the kind of relationship that suits you best. We'll also find out why some of us are uneasy with relationships between people with a big age difference. And, in the first of my interviews from the recent Human Behavior and Evolution Society conference in Amsterdam, I speak with Dr. Anthony Lee of Glasgow University about his research on internet dating. Download the MP3 Support me! Support the podcast on Patreon for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere.Subscribe! Make sure you never miss an episode by subscribing in Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Stitcher. Read the transcript! Why do People Condemn Age-Discrepant Relationships? Is a Dirty Joke a Good Chat Up Line?His joke may have been filthier than a sack of compost, but it sure was funny. Brian Wolfe/FlickrThe articles covered in the show: Lee, A. (2018). ...

24 MIN2018 JUL 31
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Dirty jokes and age differences. 31 Jul 2018