Men with wider faces are unselfish

Men with wider faces may be more self-sacrificing than those with narrower facial structures, new research has suggested.

Published by the Association for Psychological Science in the journal Psychological Science, the study found this type of appearance is not always associated with aggression and masculinity.

Psychologists Michael Stirrat and David Perrett carried out the investigation at the University of St Andrews after realising men with wider skulls are often portrayed as being 'bad to the bone'.

As part of the research, students were handed money that could be used to help a group of people or benefit themselves and discovered those who looked untrustworthy were often more self-sacrificing when their team competed against another.

Dr Stirrat explained: "When we mentioned Edinburgh University, our St Andrews participants with wider faces were more cooperative than the other men."

However, it was shown that these males worked for the team to a lesser degree when there was no mention of rivalry.

Elsewhere, a study published in our British Journal of Psychology has found that fatness in women’s faces reflects levels of healthiness.