University of Texas at Austin

Friday, January 16, 2009

Hormone headlines

Kristina Durante

Kristina Durante

The research paper from Kristina Durante, a Ph.D. student, and her adviser, Dr. Norman Li, assistant professor of psychology, published this week snagged press attention around the world.

It’s no wonder it did. It involves women and men, hormones and sex and infidelity.

Here’s the top of the press release from The University of Texas at Austin:

Women with high levels of the sex hormone oestradiol may engage in opportunistic mating, according to a new study by psychology researchers at The University of Texas at Austin.

Doctoral candidate Kristina Durante and Assistant Professor of Psychology Norm Li published their findings in the article “Oestradiol Level and Opportunistic Mating in Women” in the Jan. 13 issue of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London: Biology Letters.

“The study offers further evidence that physiological mechanisms continue to play a major role in guiding women’s sexual motivations and behavior,” Durante said.

That kind of news makes the day for headline writers around the world. It also gave newspapers a chance to run photos of Marilyn Monroe, Sienna Miller and Angelina Jolie.

Here are some of the headlines:

Austin American-Statesman
Not tonight, honey, I feel too attractive — for you (Salud blog)

Women with higher estrogen levels more likely to shop for mates, UT study finds;
UT study says women with more estrogen are more likely to be attractive
(print edition)

Beautiful women ‘more likely to be unfaithful’: Study

Daily Mail
The beautiful women who are programmed to be unfaithful… by the ‘Marilyn’ hormone
Women With Higher Estrogen Levels Feel More Attractive

Toronto Globe and Mail
My hourglass figure made me do it

The Australian
Sex hormone that attracts good men

The Telegraph UK
Beautiful women more likely to have affair because of sex hormone
Beautiful women may be more likely to have affairs because of a sex hormone linked to attractiveness and flirtatiousness, new research has found.

Times of India
High sex hormone ‘make women unfaithful’

News Softpedia
Unfaithful Women Have Higher Hormone Levels

The Sun
Pretty Girls have cheat hormone

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