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Questioning the 'good genes ovulatory shift hypothesis'

30 April 2018

A new study has called into question a popular theory about women’s fertility and the sort of men they find attractive.

The “good genes ovulatory shift hypothesis” or GGOSH suggests that during fertile phases of the menstrual cycle women should be especially attracted to potential mates who are likely to provide good genes to their offspring.

This hypothesis further states that such genes are signalled through men’s sexual assertiveness and confidence, via behaviours like flirting, smiling and directly gazing at women.

But it has been called into question by a new study conducted by a team from the Univeristy of Göttingen.

Click here to read more about it in Alex Fradera’s article on our Research Digest blog.


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