Replication crisis: Does the menstrual cycle really affect what women find attractive? 05 Jun 2018

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Summary: <p><audio> </audio> </p><p>It can't have failed to escape you that psychology is in the midst of a replication crisis. Research findings previously thought to be solid and reliable have proven anything but, as teams of independent researchers have tried -- and failed -- to repeat the original experiments.</p><p>On The Psychology of Attractiveness Podcast I might be guilty of focussing too much on the most exciting new findings: findings that may or may not be supported by later research. So in this episode we'll look at a few replication studies that have recently called into question effects that we've talked about before on the show. Are women's partner preferences influenced by their menstrual cycle or hormonal contraceptives? We'll find out.</p><p><a href="">Download the MP3</a> </p><p><b>Support me!</b><br> <a href="">Support the podcast on Patreon</a> for as little as $1 and get access to the patron-only feed, including bonus podcasts and blogs not available elsewhere.</p><p><b>Rate me!</b><br> Rate, review, or listen <a href="">in iTunes</a> or <a href=";refid=stpr">in Stitcher.</a> </p><p><b>Read the transcript!</b><br> <a href="">The Replication Crisis: New Research on Human Attraction</a></p><p><img src=""></p><p><i>"Hi, did you hear? The results of your PhD thesis have been overturned OK byeee!" <a href=""></a></i></p><p><b>The articles covered in the show:</b> </p><p>Jern, P., Kärnä, A., Hujanen, J., Erlin, T., Gunst, A., Rautaheimo, H., et al. (in press). A high-powered replication study finds no effect of starting or stopping hormonal contraceptive use on relationship quality. <span style="font-style: italic;">Evolution and Human Behavior</span>. <a href="">Read summary</a></p><p>Jones, B. C., Hahn, A. C., Fisher, A. D., Wang, H., Kandrik, M., Han, C., et al. (2017). No compelling evidence that preferences for facial masculinity track changes in women's hormonal status. <span style="font-style: italic;">bioRxiv</span>. <a href="">Read paper</a></p><p>Jünger, J., Kordsmeyer, T. L., Gerlach, T. M., &amp; Penke, L. (2018). Fertile women evaluate male bodies as more attractive, regardless of masculinity. <span style="font-style: italic;">PsyArXiv</span>. <a href="">Read paper</a></p><p>Jünger, J., Motta-Mena, N. V., Cárdenas, R. A., Bailey, D. H., Rosenfeld, K., Schild, C., et al. (2018). Do women's preferences for masculine voices shift across the ovulatory cycle? <span style="font-style: italic;">PsyArXiv</span>. <a href="">Read summary</a></p><p>Marcinkowska, U., Hahn, A. C., Little, A. C., DeBruine, L. M., &amp; Jones, B. C. (2018). No evidence that women using oral contraceptives have weaker preferences for masculine characteristics in men’s faces. <a href="">Read paper</a></p>