Do men and women react differently to babies with abnormal facial features?

Yes, according to preliminary research published last month by researchers from McLean Hospital in Belmont. In fact, women seem to be more likely than men to reject babies with abnormal facial features, such as cleft palates, Down syndrome, crossed eyes, or skin disorders. Perhaps, the authors suggest, there’s an evolutionary reason – to make sure maternal resources go toward what they call “facial attractiveness,” which might be a sign of health and viability.