Archives of Sexual Behavior

, Volume 47, Issue 5, pp 1375–1385 | Cite as

The Facial Width-to-Height Ratio Predicts Sex Drive, Sociosexuality, and Intended Infidelity

  • Steven ArnockyEmail author
  • Justin M. Carré
  • Brian M. Bird
  • Benjamin J. P. Moreau
  • Tracy Vaillancourt
  • Triana Ortiz
  • Nicole Marley
Original Paper


Previous research has linked the facial width-to-height ratio (FWHR) to a host of psychological and behavioral characteristics, primarily in men. In two studies, we examined novel links between FWHR and sex drive. In Study 1, a sample of 145 undergraduate students revealed that FWHR positively predicted sex drive. There were no significant FWHR × sex interactions, suggesting that FWHR is linked to sexuality among both men and women. Study 2 replicated and extended these findings in a sample of 314 students collected from a different Canadian city, which again demonstrated links between the FWHR and sex drive (also in both men and women), as well as sociosexuality and intended infidelity (men only). Internal meta-analytic results confirm the link between FWHR and sex drive among both men and women. These results suggest that FWHR may be an important morphological index of human sexuality.


Facial width-to-height ratio (FWHR) Sex drive Facial morphology Mating Sociosexual orientation Infidelity 



Funding support came from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Research Chairs Program (Grant Nos. #950-203794; #950-229048).

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki Declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included each study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven Arnocky
    • 1
    Email author
  • Justin M. Carré
    • 1
  • Brian M. Bird
    • 2
  • Benjamin J. P. Moreau
    • 3
  • Tracy Vaillancourt
    • 4
  • Triana Ortiz
    • 1
  • Nicole Marley
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyNipissing UniversityNorth BayCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  3. 3.Medical SciencesNorthern Ontario School of MedicineThunder BayCanada
  4. 4.Counselling Psychology, Faculty of EducationUniversity of OttawaOttawaCanada

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