soc 152A final review

soc 152A final review - FINALREVIEW CHAPTER5(topg.142.7...

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FINAL REVIEW CHAPTER 5 (to pg. 142.7) Sexual Attraction: It Takes Two 1. Attraction can be calm and controlled or madly impetuous 2. Can be sexually attracted to people we do not  like/ know.  3. Beauty is not entirely in the eye of the beholder a. Beauty – not entirely in the eye of the beholder b. Often consider  physical appearance  before other  aspects of beauty c. There are certain characteristics that influence  perceptions of  faces/other features  (no matt8er who  is judging) i. Symmetry – the more symmetrical one’s face is,  the more attractive/healthy they appear to  others.  ii. Masculinity – femininity: faces to the extremes  of this range tend to be perceived as the  the  most attractive 4. Attractiveness of bodies may be related to  reproductive  success
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a. Body attractiveness also signals information about a  person’s fertility, strength, and health b. Waist-to-hip ratio : the ratio of the width of the body  at the waist to width of the hip.  c. Absolute body fatness  is not a universal indicator of  attractiveness d. The relationship between breast size and body  attractiveness is  still not clear e. Women do like muscularity, but only  moderately f. Cultural factors are important influences in  determining attractiveness (See pgs. 134 – 135 for  more factors) i. People generally find faces from their own  ethnic group to be more attractive g. M find W  decreasingly attractive   from the late  teens onward (when judged only on   physical  appearance) Attractiveness Involves Senses Besides Vision 1. Touch, hearing, and smell  play important roles in  determining attractiveness.   a. W find M w/  deep voices more attractive  (and the  opposite is true for M)
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Specific  sex pheromones  influence sexual arousal  unconsciously (olfactory influence) 3. behavior  influences sexual attractiveness a.  “behavioral beauty” is partially independent of  physical beauty i. Behavior/personality influence ideas of  attractiveness  more gradually  because they are  not readily visible ii. Perceptions of  trustworthiness, warmth, and  sense of humor  shown to be important traits  when choosing a partner (even if it is only  causal sex or “hooking up”) iii. Read about studies on behavioral attractiveness  on pgs. 137-138 4. familiarity  can both increase or decrease attraction a. Seeing a face before makes a person judge it as more  attractive than seeing it for the 1 st  time b. Are we sexually attracted to our own face or faces  like our own? i. See fig. 5.7 on pg. 139 and read about study 
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This note was uploaded on 08/26/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 152 A taught by Professor Baldwin during the Spring '10 term at UCSB.

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