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more feminine if female (Langlois & others, 1996) These small average differences between attractive and unattractive people probably result from self-fulfilling prophecies Attractive people are valued and favored develop more social self-confidence o Who is attractive? Attractive is whatever the people of any given place and time find attractive For cultures with scarce resources and for poor or hungry people Plumpness seems attractive For cultures and individuals with abundant resources Beauty more often equal slimness (Nelson & Morrison, 2005) Attractive influences life outcomes less in cultures Where relationships are based more on kinship or social arrangement than on personal choice (Anderson & others, 2008) Despite such variation, there remains “strong agreement both within and across cultures about who is and who is not attractive” (Langlois & others, 2000) To be really attractive is to be perfectly average (Rhodes, 2006) Langlois & Roggman (1990, 1994) and Little and Perrett (2002) Digitized multiple faces and averaged them using a computer
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People found the composite faces more appealing than almost all the actual faces Attractive faces are also perceived as more alike than unattractive faces (Potter & others, 2006) Averaged looks best embody prototypes Easy for the brain to process and categorize (Halberstadt, 2006) Computer-averaged faces and bodies tend to be perfectly symmetrical Another characteristic of strikingly attractive people (Brown & others, 2008; Gangestad & Thornhill, 1997) Rhodes (1999) and Penton-Voak (2001) If you could merge either half of your face with its mirror image Forming a perfectly symmetrical new face You would boost your looks Averaging a number of such attractive Symmetrical faces produce an even better- looking face Evolution and attraction Psychologists working from the evolutionary perspective explain the human preference for attractive partners in terms of reproductive strategy Assume that beauty signals biologically important information Health, youth and fertility Assume that men prefer youthful female characteristics that signify reproductive capacity Assume that evolution predisposes women to favor male traits that signify an ability to provide and protect resources Men’s and women’s response to other cues to reproductive successes Waist-to-hip ratio Social comparison Attraction is not all hardwired What’s attractive to you also depends on your comparison standards Contrast effect To men who have recently been gazing at centerfolds
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Average women or even their own wives tend to seem less attractive (Kenrick & others, 1989) After viewing a super-attractive person of the same gender People rate themselves as being less attractive than after viewing a homely person (Brown & others, 1992; Thornton & Maurice, 1997) Appears greatest for women The attractiveness of those we love Attractiveness at adolescence is a weak predictor of
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