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Bernhard Fink, Ph.D.

Bernhard Fink, Ph.D.

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I received my Ph.D. for work studying the ratio of the second to fourth digit (2D:4D) in relation to face and body shape. My ongoing research includes studies on fluctuating symmetry in humans, mate choice, physical attractiveness, sexual dimorphism, and fetal programming.

Currently, I am a research scientist at the University of Goettingen, Germany. I am head of a research group, funded by the German Science Foundation (DFG), which investigates the evolutionary psychology of human physical appearance and movement.

Primary Interests:

  • Evolution and Genetics
  • Interpersonal Processes
  • Nonverbal Behavior
  • Person Perception
  • Personality, Individual Differences
  • Sexuality, Sexual Orientation
  • Social Cognition

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Journal Articles:

  • Fink, B., Grammer, K., & Matts, P. J. (2006). Visual skin color distribution plays a role in the perception of age, attractiveness, and health of female faces. Evolution and Human Behavior, 27(6), 433-442.
  • Fink, B., Grammer, K., Mitteroecker, P., Gunz, P., Schaefer, K., Bookstein, F. L., & Manning J. T. (2005). Second to fourth digit ratio and face shape. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 272, 1995-2001.
  • Fink, B., & Grammer, K., & Thornhill, R. (2001). Human (Homo sapiens) facial attractiveness in relation to skin texture and color. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 115(1), 92-99.
  • Fink, B., Manning, J. T., Neave, N., & Grammer, K. (2004). Second to fourth digit ratio and facial asymmetry. Evolution and Human Behavior, 25(2), 125-132.
  • Fink, B., Manning, J. T., Neave, N., & Tan, U. (2004). Second to fourth digit ratio and hand skill in Austrian children. Biological Psychology, 67(3), 375-384.
  • Fink, B., & Penton-Voak, I. S. (2002). Evolutionary psychology of facial attractiveness. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 11(5), 154-158.
  • Fink, B., Täschner, K., Neave, N., Hugill, N., & Dane, L. (2010). Male faces and bodies: Evidence of a condition-dependent ornament of quality. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 436-440.
  • Fink, B., Weege, B., Flügge J., Röder, S., Neave, N., & McCarty, K. (2012). Men’s personality and women’s perception of their dance quality. Personality and Individual Differences, 52(2), 232-235.
  • Fink, B., Weege, B., Manning, J.T., & Trivers, R. (2014). Body symmetry and physical strength in human males. American Journal of Human Biology, 26(5), 697-700.
  • Grammer, K., Fink, B., Møller, A. P., & Thornhill, R. (2003). Darwinian aesthetics: Sexual selection and the biology of beauty. Biological Reviews, 78, 385-407.
  • Grammer, K., Kruck, K., Juette, A., & Fink, B. (2000). Nonverbal behaviour as courtship signals: The role of control and choice in selecting partners. Evolution and Human Behavior, 21(6), 371-390.
  • Hugill, N., Fink, B., & Neave, N. (2009). Men’s physical strength is associated with women’s perceptions of their dancing ability. Personality and Individual Differences, 47(5), 527-530.
  • Hugill, N., Fink, B., Neave, N., Besson, A., & Bunse, L. (2011). Women's perception of men's sensation seeking propensity from their dance movements. Personality and Individual Differences, 51(4), 483-487.
  • Johnston, V. S., Hagel, R., Franklin, M., Fink, B., & Grammer, K. (2001). Male facial attractiveness: Evidence for hormone mediated adaptive design. Evolution and Human Behavior, 22(4), 251-267.
  • Manning, J. T., & Fink, B. (2011). Digit ratio, nicotine and alcohol intake and national rates of smoking and alcohol consumption. Personality and Individual Differences, 50(3), 344-348.
  • Manning, J. T., Reimers, S., Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., & Fink, B. (2010). Sexually dimorphic traits (digit ratio, body height, systemizing - empathizing scores) and gender segregation between occupations: Evidence from the BBC internet study. Personality and Individual Differences, 49(5), 511-515.
  • Matts, P. J., & Fink, B. (2010). Chronic sun damage and the perception of age, health and attractiveness. Photochemical and Photobiological Sciences, 9(4), 421-431
  • Neave, N., Laing, S., Fink, B., & Manning, J. T. (2003). Second to fourth digit ratio, testosterone, and perceived male dominance. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences, 270, 2167-2172.
  • Trivers, R., Fink, B., Russell, M., McCarty, K., James, B., & Palestis, B. (2014). Lower body symmetry and running performance in elite Jamaican track and field athletes. PLOS ONE, 9(11), e113106.
  • Weege, B., Lange, B.P., & Fink, B. (2012). Women's visual attention to variation in men's dance quality. Personality and Individual Differences, 53(3), 236-240.

Bernhard Fink, Ph.D.
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology
Djerassiplatz 1
1030 Vienna

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