Wednesday, 03 Sep, 2008 Science

Men Pick Girlfriends that Look Like Their Mother, Scientists Say


A new study on facial similarities between romantic partners and their parents revealed that men tend to date girls that look like their mother and women pick boyfriends that look like their fathers. The results of the study were published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Together with his colleagues, Tamas Bereczkei, a biologist at the University of Pecs, Hungary, analyzed the faces of 67 young, long-term couples from the upper mentioned university. They also estimated the facial proportions of each parent, including the ratio of face length to width, the length of nose to face height and the mouth width to height.

The numbers showed that the face of a woman's boyfriend has almost the same proportions as the face of her father. The most amazing correlation researchers found when analyzing the center of the face, including the ration between nose length to face height and the width of the eyes to face height.

In addition, scientists found that men were most likely to have girlfriends whose faces looked more like the faces of their mothers. However, in this case men focused more on the face's lower part, meaning that similarities were found in the rations between jaw and face width as well as lip height and width.

The results of the study hint at a process called sexual imprinting. It is well documented in animals, and just starting to emerge from studies made on humans. Being exposed to adults, young animals try to choose mates that look like their parents.

The same process might as well discourage animals from choosing mates that resemble their parents, which could be quite useful in case the environmental conditions change or disease goes offs. Such process is called optimal inbreeding.

Despite the fact that studies in animals have discovered the same kind of opposite sex imprinting, scientists are still unaware of how the mechanism of imprinting-like phenomenon works in humans, Bereczkei mentioned.

Source: Newscientist

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//7 Jun 22, 2010 10:37 PM | posted by: Ace
Women don't concioulsy do this, its a subconcious thing! It also varies depending on the relationship they had with their father. If he was protecting, caring and strong, they'll search for kind of the same thing... We as people react to so many things and think so many different thoughts because of unconscious bits of information. The human brain consciously processes 8 +1 bits of information and unconsciously processes 80,000 bits of information. So this isn’t a direct decision they make, it is more just something that triggers something in the brain and they feel the attraction. Might not always be looks that relate to her father, could be personality. But the study and the results were more of an average, not every women…
49 votes

//6 Jun 10, 2010 03:26 PM | posted by: blabla
Bullshit. My husband looks nothing like my dad, theyre both different races too.
57 votes

//5 Feb 27, 2010 11:38 AM | posted by: jess
I think this article has some truth to it. My brother married a woman who has characteristics of our mother; dark blonde hair, dark green eyes, and a similar personality, that being very outgoing, enthusiastic and funny.
46 votes

//4 Aug 09, 2009 01:08 PM | posted by: bryan
wow!that's cool
42 votes

//3 Apr 25, 2009 07:46 AM | posted by: M
I've heard this many times before. It's hardly something that's clear cut. I have, however, found that those that I'm attracted to tend to look like my mother. It's not something I notice right away either, but after a while I realize it. Although, I knew one girl who looked nice with her hair up, but when she put it down she looked just like my mother and it completely killed any physical attraction I had towards her. Maybe looking too similar is just as bad, if such a thing exists in the first place.
54 votes

//2 Jan 31, 2009 09:14 PM | posted by: snsuresh [InfoMANIAC]
Nope i dont accept it
42 votes

//1 Nov 24, 2008 12:50 AM | posted by: summer_rain [InfoMANIAC]
interesting article :)

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