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November 17, 2010 Attraction Theories of what is attractive “Hyper-femininity” or “Hyper-masculinity” Feminine features – large eyes, narrow nose, plump lips, contracted jaw Masculine features – Pronounced brow ridge, sunken eyes, brows set close to eyes Facial symmetry is attractive in both men and women Averaging Taking many pictures of many people, and making a composite. This ends up producing an attractive face. The more pictures that are combined, the more attractive the face. Evidence Ratings within and across cultures – agreement about attractiveness Infant studies – babies pay more attention to attractive faces Why is average preferred? We’re predisposed to be attracted to fit, healthy people Evolutionary stabilizing pressures. Extreme or unusual features are weeded out. Cognitive averaging theory: prototypes Prototype may be in-born (infants prefer attractive cats too). Besides attractiveness, what makes you like somebody?
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2010 for the course SOC 330P taught by Professor Maryrose during the Fall '10 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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