Urszula Marcinkowska


I work with evolutionary basis of human sexual selection. I have been researching sexual preferences towards different faces, and factors that shape these preferences. I worked on sexual imprinting in humans (both positive and negative) – do we like or dislike faces that resemble our parents or siblings. Currently I am focusing more on how hormones influence our preferences, sexual openness and overall well-being.
I am also interested in cross-cultural studies comparisons in the theme of sexual selection.


Contact: urszula.marcinkowska@uj.edu.pl

Antfolk J, Johansson L, Westerlund M, Marcinkowska UM, Santtila P. 2018. The role of intra-sexual competition in attitudes towards immigrants. Personality and Individual Differences 132: 84-89

Thomson R, Yuki M, Talhelm T, Schug J, …, Marcinkowska UM, SIngh P, Mariko L. Visserman. 2018. Relational mobility predicts social behaviors in 39 countries and is tied to historical farming and threat. PNAS 115: 7521-7526

Reynolds TA, Makhanova A, Marcinkowska UM, Jasienska G, McNulty JK, Eckel LA, Nikonova L, Maner JK. 2018. Progesterone and women’s anxiety across the menstrual cycle. Hormones and Behavior 102: 34-40

Marcinkowska UM, Kaminski G, Little AC, Jasienska G. 2018. Average ovarian hormone levels, rather than daily values and their fluctuations, are related to facial preferences among women. Hormones and Behavior 102: 114-119

Richards G, Klimek M, Jasienska G, Marcinkowska UM. 2018. Digit ratio (2D:4D) and circulating testosterone, oestradiol, and progesterone levels across the menstrual cycle. Early Human Development 117: 68-73

Marcinkowska UM, Little AC, Galbarczyk A, Nenko I, Klimek M, Jasienska G. 2018. Costs of reproduction are reflected in women’s faces: post-menopausal women with fewer children are perceived as more attractive, healthier and younger than women with more children. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 2017: 1-5

Marcinkowska UM, Jasienska G, Prokop P. 2017. Long-term fertility and preferences: differences in masculinity preferences between naturally cycling, pregnant, lactating and post-menopausal women. Archives of Sexual Behavior 47: 1367-1374

Dixson BJW, Lee AJ, Blake KR, Jasienska G, Marcinkowska UM. 2017. Women’s preferences for men’s beards do not change with fertility. Hormones and Behavior 78: 1-7

Marcinkowska UM, Galbarczyk A, Jasienska G. 2017. La donna è mobile? Lack of cyclical shifts in facial symmetry, and facial and body masculinity preferences – a hormone based study. Psychoneuroendocrinology 88: 47-53

Klimek M, Marcinkowska UM, Jasienska G. 2017. Value of digit ratio 2D:4D, a biomarker of prenatal hormone exposure, is stable across the menstrual cycle. Early Human Development 110: 21-24

Marcinkowska UM, Terraube J, Kaminski G. 2016. How did my little sister influence my facial preferences? Scientific Reports 6: 33545 doi:10.1038/srep33545

Marcinkowska UM, Helle S, Lyons MT. 2016. Women’s reproductive success and the preference for Dark Triad in men’s faces. Evolution and Human Behavior 37: 287–292

Lyons MT, Marcinkowska UM, Palmer V, Harrison N. 2016. Relationship status and resource availability affect women’s preference for masculinity: evidence from an eye-tracking study. Personality and Individual Differences 95: 25-28

Marcinkowska UM, Ellison PT, Galbarczyk A, Milkowska K, Pawlowski B, Thune I, Jasienska G. 2016. Lack of support for relation between woman’s masculinity preference, estradiol level and mating context. Hormones and Behavior 78: 1-7

Marcinkowska UM, Dixson B, Kozlov MV, Rantala MJ. 2015. Men’s Preferences for Female Facial Femininity Decline With Age. Journal of Gerontology doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbv077

Marcinkowska UM, Helle S, Lyons MT. 2015. Dark traits: Sometimes hot, and sometimes not? Female preferences for Dark Triad faces depend on sociosexuality and contraceptive use. Personality and Individual Differences 86: 369 – 373

Lyons MT, Marcinkowska UM, Helle S, McGrath L. 2015. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most masculine of them all? The Dark Triad, masculinity, and women’s mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences 74: 153-158

Marcinkowska UM, Kozlov MV, Contreras-Garduno J, Dixson BJ, Oana GA, Kaminski G, Li NP, Lyons MT, Onyishi IE, Prasai K, Prokop P, Rosales Cardozo S, Sydney N, Yong JC, Rantala MJ. 2014. Cross­cultural variation in men’s preference for sexual dimorphism in women faces. Biology Letters 10: 20130850

Burris R, Marcinkowska UM, Lyons MT. 2014. Gaze properties of women judging the attractiveness of masculine and feminine male faces. Evolutionary Psychology 12: 19­-35

Marcinkowska UM, Moore FH, Rantala MJ. 2013.  An experimental test of Westermarck effect: sex differences in inbreeding avoidance. Behavioral Ecology 24: 842­-845

Moore FR, Coetzee V, Contreras-Garduño J, Debruine LM, Kleisner K, Krams I, Marcinkowska UM, Nord A, Perrett DI, Rantala MJ, Schaum N, Suzuki TN. 2012. An experimental test of Westermarck effect: sex differences in inbreeding avoidance. Biology Letters 9: 2013005

Marcinkowska UM & Rantala MJ. 2012.  Sexual imprinting on facial traits of opposite ­sex parents in humans. Evolutionary Psychology 10: 621-­630

Rantala MJ & Marcinkowska UM. 2011. The role of positive and negative sexual imprinting on mate choice in humans. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65: 859-873