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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Facial attractiveness: Evolutionary based research
Authors: Little, Anthony
Jones, Benedict C
DeBruine, Lisa M
Contact Email: anthony.little@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: attractiveness
mate choice
preferences
agreement
variation
individual differences
Issue Date: Jun-2011
Publisher: The Royal Society
Citation: Little A, Jones BC & DeBruine LM (2011) Facial attractiveness: Evolutionary based research, Philosophical Transactions B: Biological Sciences, 366 (1571), pp. 1638-1659.
Abstract: Face preferences affect a diverse range of critical social outcomes, from mate choices and decisions about platonic relationships to hiring decisions and decisions about social exchange. Firstly, we review the facial characteristics that influence attractiveness judgements of faces (e.g. symmetry, sexually dimorphic shape cues, averageness, skin colour/texture and cues to personality) and then review several important sources of individual differences in face preferences (e.g. hormone levels and fertility, own attractiveness and personality, visual experience, familiarity and imprinting, social learning). The research relating to these issues highlights flexible, sophisticated systems that support and promote adaptive responses to faces that appear to function to maximize the benefits of both our mate choices and more general decisions about other types of social partners.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/17930
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2010.0404
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Affiliation: Psychology
University of Aberdeen
University of Aberdeen

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