Turns out it’s not just your looks that make you attractive to others. According to a paper published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology, your voice and body odor are also important in determining attractiveness.
“Some odors are not only rated as more pleasant but also sexier, and therefore, they are likely to make people eager to flirt or date. Similarly, unpleasant odors can be discouraging to engaging in a relationship.
- vocal cues help others make judgments about another person’s sex, age, dominance, cooperativeness, emotional state, physical strength and possibly fertility.
- body odor can influence how attractive you are to someone, especially since it holds clues to your health (Diabetes, yellow fever, typhoid fever, and the glandular disease scrofula, can be associated with certain scents. A trademark odor that has been tied to diabetes, for instance, has been described as similar to that of rotten apples.)
There is also research to suggest that odor might also hold clues to your molecular makeup. Researchers had 49 female college students smell the T-shirts of 44 male students after they had worn the shirt for two consecutive nights (in order for the fabric to collect their natural body odors)
“For the study about body configuration, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior in 2004, Gallup and his colleagues recorded the voices of 149 undergraduate students. The students counted from one to 10 in the recordings. Then they were asked to rate the attractiveness of the voices in others’ recordings.
The researchers found that the higher rating of voice attractiveness for women correlated with having a smaller waist-to-hip ratio, a body type that is commonly found to be more attractive in women.
For men, the researchers found that the higher rating of voice attractiveness correlated with having a larger shoulder-to-hip ratio, or broad shoulders, which are commonly found to be more attractive in men.” 4