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Unformatted text preview: BARELY LEGAL IS 1 1 Title: Barely legal: Is attraction and estimated age of young female faces disrupted by alcohol use, make up, and the sex of the observer? Personal Author: Egan, Vincent ; Cordan, Giray Journal Name: The British Journal of Psychology Source: The British Journal of Psychology v. 100 no. pt2 (May 2009) p. 415-27 Publication Year: 2009 Abstract: One reasonable ground for unlawful sex with a minor is mistaken age. Alcohol consumption and make-up are often deemed further influences on impaired perception. Two hundred and forty persons in bars and cafes rated the attractiveness of composite faces of immature and mature females with and without additional make up, alcohol users having their concurrent bloodalcohol level measured using a breathalyser. A non- sex-specific preference for immature faces over sexually mature faces was found. Alcohol and make-up did not inflate attractiveness ratings in immature faces. While alcohol consumption significantly inflated attractiveness ratings for participants viewing made-up sexually mature faces, greater alcohol consumption itself did not lead to overestimation of age. Although alcohol limited the processing of maturity cues in female observers, it had no effect on the age perceptions of males viewing female faces, suggesting male mate preferences are not easily disrupted. female faces, suggesting male mate preferences are not easily disrupted....
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