Researchers have discovered the perfect “flirtatious face” used by women who want to date a man.
Women likely use common facial features to demonstrate sexual interest in a way that can be seen and understood by men.
Some surefire flirting techniques include a head turned sideways and tilted slightly downward, a slight smile, and eyes focused on the implicit goal.
These types of identifiable facial expressions are most likely activating associations with relationships and gender in the male brain.
Omri Gillath, Professor of Psychology at the University of Kansas, said: “There are very few scientific articles that have systematically examined this well-known phenomenon.
“None of these studies identified the flirty facial expression and tested its effects.”
In some studies, professional actresses and volunteers were asked to display a flirtation expression or follow instructions on what researchers define as flirting.
The team found that some women are more effective at teaching flirting than others, while some men are better at recognizing it.
Apart from some individual differences, some expressions have been identified as flirting by the men.
The researchers, published in the Journal of Sex Research, used the Facial Action Coding System to define the perfect “flirtatious face” that men recognize as attractive.
Dr. Gillath said, “In our six studies, we found that most men were able to recognize a certain female expression as an expression of flirting.
“It has a unique morphology and is different from expressions that have similar characteristics – for example, smiling – but are not identified as a flirtatious expression by men.
“Our results support the role of flirtatious expression in communication and pairing initiation.
“For the first time, we have not only been able to isolate and identify the expressions that represent flirting, but also reveal their function – to activate associations related to relationships and gender.”