At­tra­tive­ness isn’t con­fined to good looks, says study

At­trac­tive­ness not just about good looks. Voice, scent too tilt things. Whether by an off­putting body odour or a grat­ing voice, it’s easy to know how the nose and ears can no­tice how ap­peal­ing some­one is

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If you’ve been gushing over your girl­friend’s good looks, here’s some­thing to punc­ture your thoughts: Ac­cord­ing to a team of sci­en­tists at Univer­sity of Wro­claw in Poland, at­trac­tive­ness is not just con­fined good looks. In­stead, they found that the right voice and scent are just as im­por­tant as phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

Whether by an off-putting body odour or a grat­ing voice, it’s easy to un­der­stand how the nose and ears are as im­por­tant as the eyes in notic­ing how at­trac­tive some­one is. It isn’t sur­pris­ing—at­trac­tive­ness spans more than just phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance, but most re­search has fo­cussed on looks, ne­glect­ing vo­cal and ol­fac­tory fac­tors re­searchers said. They an­a­lysed over 30 years of re­search to pro­vide a brief over­view of few stud­ies that have looked into the role of voice and scent. “Most re­views have fo­cussed on vis­ual at­trac­tive­ness,” said Agata Groyecka, a re­searcher at the Univer­sity of Wro­claw in Poland. “How­ever, lit­er­a­ture about other senses and their role in so­cial re­la­tions has grown and shouldn’t be ne­glected,” added Groyecka, who’s also a lead au­thor of the re­view pub­lished in the jour­nal Fron­tiers in Psy­chol­ogy. He fur­ther added, “Per­ceiv­ing oth­ers through all chan­nels gives a more re­li­able and va­ri­ety of in­for­ma­tion.”

The re­search also

THE STUDY FINDS THAT THE RIGHT VOICE AND SCENT ARE JUST AS IM­POR­TANT AS THE PHYS­I­CAL AP­PEAR­ANCE OF A PER­SON

highlights a va­ri­ety of pro­posed evo­lu­tion­ary ex­pla­na­tions for these mul­ti­sen­sory as­pects of at­trac­tion, such as the util­ity of hav­ing traits that can be de­tected both from a dis­tance (voice and looks), as well as up close (scent).

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