Numbers Don't Lie

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

She looks just like her father

According to a study presented at the 2005 Human Behavior & Evolution Society conference, subconsciously, women claim that their babies look like Dad in order to reassure the father that the kid really is his. The researchers corralled 69 families with 83 children and asked the parents to rate how much their kids looked like themselves versus the other parent. 100% of the mothers of newborns said the babies looked more like their partner, but only 83% of fathers agreed. Unrelated judges said the kid looked most like dad a mere 40% of the time. It's easy to see how women might benefit evolutionarily from convincing their partners that they should invest in rearing the child. But must the men continue to trust these deceptive vixens?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait a sec...those stats don't even come close to proving that women are trying to reassure dad. It could be all sorts of reasons. Maybe it's just that mom is used to looking at dad and is likely to see his traits elsewhere. I'm sure there's plenty more.

4:38 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone says my daughter looks just like me, but I do see her father in her. I don't have dimples when I smile, a rounded nose or that gleaming look in my eye when i get mad. i have brown eyes but my daughter has much darker brown eyes like her dad. perhaps the mothers see more subtle features in which others would not really be cognizant.

5:11 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love this!

5:38 PM


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