Chickens prefer beautiful humans
2002 (English)In: Human Nature, ISSN 1936-4776, Vol. 13, no 3, 383-389 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
We trained chickens to react to an average human female face but not to an average male face (or vice versa). In a subsequent test, the animals showed preferences for faces consistent with human sexual preferences (obtained from university students). This suggests that human preferences arise from general properties of nervous systems, rather than from face-specific adaptations. We discuss this result in the light of current debate on the meaning of sexual signals and suggest further tests of existing hypotheses about the origin of sexual preferences.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer , 2002. Vol. 13, no 3, 383-389 p.
Research subject Zoology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-23213DOI: 10.1007/s12110-002-1021-6OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-23213DiVA: diva2:190705
Part of urn:nbn:se:su:diva-1892004-05-192004-05-192010-01-04Bibliographically approved