You can alter your attraction to the opposite sex simply by looking straight at them and smiling, research suggests.
While many studies have found links between face shape, expression and other physical "cues" to attraction, one study is the first to look in more detail at the direction of gaze.
The researchers wrote: "Mating effort is a finite resource that should be allocated judiciously, and preferences for direct gaze in opposite-sex faces would increase the likelihood of allocating mating effort to potential mates who are most likely to reciprocate."
It suggests that how attractive you find someone is governed partly by how likely you are to be successful says - Professor Ruth Mace
University College London One of the paper's authors, Dr Claire Conway, said: "People prefer faces that appear to 'like' them, showing that attraction is not simply about physical beauty."
Professor Ruth Mace, a researcher into evolutionary anthropology at University College London, said that while this seemed an obvious principle, it could be a sign of evolution at work.
She said: "It's a pretty clear signal whether a person is interested in you or whether you are wasting your time."
"But it suggests that how attractive you find someone is governed partly by how likely you are to be successful." link
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