Recently, the journal Biology Letters published research pointing to the fact that while men are basically clueless when it comes to telling whether or not a woman is faithful by nature, women seem to have an innate sense for picking up cheaters.
This is “the first evidence that faithfulness judgments, based solely on facial appearance, have a kernel of truth,” write the researchers. “It seems remarkable that such impressions have any accuracy at all, given how poor accuracy is even with extensive behavioral information.”
The researchers asked 68 university students (50% men and 50% women) to rate 88 female and 101 male photos of faces. They were to rate how masculine or feminine each face is and how likely they believed that person would be to cheat. The photos contained half self-admitted cheaters.
Women’s ratings were relatively accurate- rating correctly 62% of the time. Men, on the other hand, were only right 23% of the time.
Researchers added that to men, women’s "attractiveness and femininity were highly correlated with unfaithfulness ratings, and each other, indicating that men perceived attractive, feminine women as likely to be unfaithful. However, there was no evidence that they were."
Paul Hudson | Elite.