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Title: The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human physical attractiveness
Author(s): Currie, Thomas E
Little, Anthony
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Keywords: Facial attractiveness
Multiple cues
Sexual selection
Issue Date: Nov-2009
Date Deposited: 4-Dec-2013
Citation: Currie TE & Little A (2009) The relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human physical attractiveness. Evolution and Human Behavior, 30 (6), pp. 409-416.
Abstract: A number of traits have been proposed to be important in human mate choice decisions. However, relatively little work has been conducted to determine the relative importance of these traits. In this study, we assessed the relative importance of the face and body in judgments of human physical attractiveness. One hundred twenty-seven men and 133 women were shown images of 10 individuals of the opposite sex. Participants rated the images for their attractiveness for either a short-term relationship or a long-term relationship. Images of the face and the body were rated independently before participants were shown and asked to rate the combined face and body images. Face ratings were found to be the best predictor of the ratings of combined images for both sexes and for both relationship types. Females showed no difference in ratings between short- and long-term conditions, but male ratings of female bodies became relatively more important for a short-term relationship compared with a long-term relationship. Results suggest that faces and bodies may be signaling different information about potential mates.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2009.06.005
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