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Title: Mixed-ethnicity face shape and attractiveness in humans
Authors: Little, Anthony
Hockings, Kimberley Jane
Apicella, Coren L
Sousa, Claudia
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Keywords: facial attractiveness
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Pion
Citation: Little A, Hockings KJ, Apicella CL & Sousa C (2012) Mixed-ethnicity face shape and attractiveness in humans, Perception, 41 (12), pp. 1486-1496.
Abstract: Many studies show agreement within and between populations and cultures for general judgments of facial attractiveness. Studies that have examined the attractiveness of specific traits have also highlighted cross-cultural differences for factors such as symmetry, averageness, and masculinity. One trait that should be preferred across cultures is heterozygosity. Indeed, several studies suggest that mixed ethnicity, in terms of appearing to possess a mixture of traits from different human population groups, may be found attractive, which could reflect preferences for heterozygosity. We examined preferences for manipulated face shape associated with different populations in both Europeans (Britain) and Africans (Guinea-Bissau). We found that mixed-ethnicity face shapes were more attractive than enhanced single-ethnicity face shape across both populations. These results are consistent with evolutionary theories suggesting individuals should prefer heterozygosity in partners because facial cues to mixed-ethnicity are likely to indicate diverse genes compared to cues that indicate a face belongs to a single particular culture or population.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: This item has been embargoed for a period. During the embargo please use the Request a Copy feature at the foot of the Repository record to request a copy directly from the author. You can only request a copy if you wish to use this work for your own research or private study. Little A C, Hockings K J, Apicella C L, Sousa C, 2012. The definitive, peer-reviewed and edited version of this article is published in Perception 41(12) 1486–1496, 2012, doi:10.1068/p7278
Affiliation: Psychology
Harvard University
University of Lisbon

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