Sensation-seeking in women does not affect their preference for Dark Triad male faces

Brewer, Gayle ORCID: 0000-0003-0690-4548, Carter, Gregory Louis, Lyons, Minna and Green, Jessica
(2018) Sensation-seeking in women does not affect their preference for Dark Triad male faces. PERSONALITY AND INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES, 130. pp. 92-95.

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Women (N = 356) aged 16–68 years were recruited via online social networking sites and research participation websites. Participants were presented with 15 facial composite pairs (each pair including a high and low Dark Triad trait facial morph), and were asked to identify the most attractive individual either in the context of a short-term (n = 171) or long-term relationship (n = 185). Women also completed the Sensation-Seeking Scale (SSS-V, Zuckerman, 1994), containing boredom susceptibility, disinhibition, experience-seeking, thrill- and adventure-seeking subscales. Results indicate that women are averse to faces with high levels of narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy for both short- and long-term romantic relationships. Sensation-seeking does not predict preference for Dark Triad traits as a short-term or long-term partner. Findings replicate previous research indicating that women dislike male faces high on Dark Triad traits for both short- and long-term relationships and are consistent with research suggesting that the aversion to men high on Dark Triad traits is resistant to individual variation.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dark triad, Facial preference, Machiavellianism, Narcissism, Psychopathy, Sensation-seeking
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 06:35
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.03.051
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