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
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).