Urszula Marcinkowska PhD


U.M. Marcinkowska, 2018. ” Female Mate Choice” w Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science, eds. Todd Shackelford i Viviana Weekes-Shackelford, Springer, Cham., USA.

B.J.W. Dixson, A.J. Lee, K.R. Blake, G. Jasienska & U.M. Marcinkowska, 2018. Women’s preferences for men’s beards show no relation to their ovarian cycle phase and sex hormone levels, Hormones and Behavior, 97:137-144

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

U.M. Marcinkowska, B.J.W. Dixson, M.V. Kozlov, K. Prasai & M.J. Rantala, 2017. Men’s Preferences for Female Facial Femininity Decline With Age, Journals of gerontology, Series B-Psychological and Social Sciences, 72(1): 180-186 

M. Marcinkowska, A.C. Little, A. Galbarczyk, I. Nenko, M. Klimek & G. Jasienska, 2017. 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

U.M. Marcinkowska, P. Prokop & G. Jasienska, 2017. A Comparison of Masculinity Facial Preference Among Naturally Cycling, Pregnant, Lactating, and Post-Menopausal Women, Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-8

Klimek, U.M. Marcinkowska & G. Jasienska, 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

U.M Marcinkowska, P.T. Ellison, A. Galbarczyk, K. Milkowska, B. Pawlowski, I. Thune & G. Jasienska, 2016. Lack of support for relation between woman’s masculinity preference, estradiol level and mating context. Hormones and Behavior DOI: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2015.10.012

U.M. Marcinkowska, S. Helle & M.T. Lyons, 2016. Women’s reproductive success and the preference for Dark Triad in men’s faces. Evolution and Human Behavior 37(4): 287–292 12

M.T. Lyons, U.M. Marcinkowska, V. Palmer & N. Harrison, 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

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

M.T. Lyons, U.M. Marcinkowska & S. Helle, 2015. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who is the most masculine of them all? TheDark Triad, masculinity, and women’s mate choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 74:153-158

U.M. Marcinkowska, B.J.W. Dixson, M.V Kozlov & M.J. Rantala, 2015. Change of femininity preference with age in men. Journal of Gerontology DOI: 10.1093/geronb/gbv077

U.M. Marcinkowska, S. Helle, & M.T. Lyons, 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 DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.06.030

Burris, U.M. Marcinkowska & M.T. Lyons, 2014. Gaze properties of women judging the attractiveness of masculine and feminine male faces. Evolutionary Psychology 12(1): 19­35.

U.M. Marcinkowska, M.V. Kozlov, J. Contreras ­Garduno, B.J.W. Dixson, G.A. Oana, G. Kaminski, N.P. Li, M.T. Lyon, I.E. Onyishi, K. Prasai, P. Prokop, S. Rosales Cardozo, N. Sydney, J.C. Yong & M.J. Rantala, 2014. Cross­cultural variation in men’s preference for sexual dimorphism in women faces. Biology Letters, 10: 20130850.

U.M. Marcinkowska, F.H. Moore & M.J. Rantala, 2013. An experimental test of Westermarck effect: sex differences in inbreeding avoidance. Behavioral Ecology 24: 842­845 doi: 10.1093/beheco/art028

R. Moore, V. Coetzee, J. Contreras-Garduño, L. M. Debruine, K. Kleisner, I. Krams, U.M. Marcinkowska, A. Nord, D. I. Perrett, M. J. Rantala, N. Schaum & T. N. Suzuki, 2012. Cross-cultural variation in women’s preferences for cues to sex- and stress-hormones in male face. Biology Letters

U.M. Marcinkowska & M.J. Rantala, 2012. Sexual imprinting on facial traits of opposite­sex parents in humans. Evolutionary Psychology 10(3): 621­630

M.J. Rantala & U.M. Marcinkowska, 2011. The role of positive and negative sexual imprinting on mate choice in humans. Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology 65:859– 873, doi: 10.1007/s00265­011­1145­y


Participation and coordination of research projects

  1. „Is beauty in the eye of the beholder? The study of a relationship between women’s fertility and facial attractiveness, symmetry and perceived health.” 2018-2019, Fulbright Foundations Visiting Scholar Program, Senior Award, Yale University
  2. „Relation between changes in hormonal levels and social relations of women” (no. K/DSC/004283), 2017-2018
  3. „Influence of men’s tattoos on their perceived attractiveness and health” (no. K/ZDS/004696 2014-2015), 2016-2017
  4. „Levels of hormones and sexual selection – innovative perception on human sexual preferences” (no. 2014/12/S/NZ8/00722), 2014-2018, post-doc grant FUGA 3, Polish National Science Centre



  1. Prize for the best poster on annual European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association Conference, United Kingdom
  2. Prize for The New Investigator of the Year 2017, granted by European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association
  3. Best Phd Thesis of the Acadmic year 2013-2014 Award on Turku University, (Finlandia)


Chosen presentations on national and international conferences

  1. U.M. Marcinkowska, 2014, Cross-cultural variation in men’s preference for sexual dimorphism in women’s faces, plenary talk, Nordic Evolutionary Psychology Meeting, Lammi, Finland
  2. U.M. Marcinkowska, 2016, Animal Instincts – evolutionary bases of human attractiveness” plenary talk, Students Conference of Evolutionary Biology, Cracow, Poland
  3. U.M. Marcinkowska, 2017, La donna è mobile (?). Digressions on hormones and women’s sexual preferences and activity, plenary talk, European Human Behavior and Evolution Association annual conference, Paris, France


Membership in national and international organizations

  1. European Human Behaviour and Evolution Association, member since 2010, member of the board since 2015 (out-reach officer)
  2. Polish Association for Human and Evolution Studies, member from 2014, V-ve President from 2017



Reviewer for:

Personality and Individual Differences,

Evolution and Human Behavior,

Behavioral Processes,


Anthropologie – International Journal of the Science of Man


Organizational committees:

European Human Behavior and Evolution Association Workshop 2017, Cracow

Annual Conference of Polish Association for Human and Evolution Studies