The University of British Columbia study found that women were least attracted to smiling, happy men, preferring those who looked proud and powerful or moody and ashamed.
On the other hand, men were most sexually attracted to women who looked happy, and least attracted to women who appeared proud and confident.
The study, published Tuesday in the journal Emotion, is the first to show that women are sexually attracted to a brooding hulk, while men are sexually attracted to a smiling beauty.
“We know that women like the bad boy. The James Dean, Edward the vampire — all these guys who are very broody, we know that women find them attractive,” said Jessica Tracy, the study’s lead researcher. (Photo: Reuters)