Dr Linda Lidborg
|Teaching Fellow in the Department of Psychology|
My research centres around sexual selection in humans. I am broadly interested in which traits influence how attractive we perceive another person to be, and why. Do we learn to perceive certain traits as attractive – or are our preferences evolved adaptations to find the best quality mate? Do attractive traits reliable index mate quality – or do we just assume they do? I am particularly interested in the role of sexually dimorphic traits (commonly referred to as masculinity in men and femininity in women) in interpersonal attraction and mate choice/mate competition. I am also interested in the pursuit of male status, and especially what role physically formidable traits, such as increased strength and body size, may play when men climb status hierarchies. To this end, I use a wide array of methods including e.g. meta-analysis, correlational designs, online surveys, experiments, and cross-cultural archive data.
- Lidborg, Linda H., Cross, Catharine Penelope & Boothroyd, Lynda G. (2022). A meta-analysis of the association between male dimorphism and fitness outcomes in humans. eLife 11: e65031.
- Brozzoli, Claudio, Roy, Alice C., Lidborg, Linda H. & Lövdén, Martin (2019). Language as a Tool: Motor Proficiency Using a Tool Predicts Individual Linguistic Abilities. Frontiers in Psychology 10: 1639.