Don’t be sad if you feel like you’re not blessed when it comes to the looks department, because science is here to back you up. According to a recent study by Frontiers in Psychology, your voice and scent can be just as important as physical appearance when it comes to attracting the opposite sex.
The study, led by University of Wroclaw’s Agata Groyecka, reviewed 73 papers on attractiveness published between 1977 to present, to examine the importance of sight, sound, and smell when it comes to attraction.
“Recently, most reviews have focused on visual attractiveness—for example, face or body attractiveness,” Groyecka said. “But more research has been done on other senses and their role in social relations, and these findings shouldn't be neglected.”
The researchers found that the perception of attractiveness, turns out, doesn’t rely on just one factor, such as physical appearance, but rather on multiple factors, including a person’s smell and voice.
“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,” Groyecka said.
Of course, who would want to date someone who smells bad, right?
As for the voice, the study suggests that vocal cues help others make judgments about another person's sex, age, dominance, emotional state, physical strength, and even fertility. And what’s the most “attractive” voice? Researchers found out that women tend to pick men with deep, masculine-sounding voices. On the other hand, men go for women with high-pitched voices.
Out of all of the three senses (sight, sound, and smell), though, the one which has the largest influence on attractiveness still remains to be discussed.