Facial attractiveness: evolutionary, cognitive, and social perspectives
Using evolutionary, cognitive, and social psychology, this volume examines the issues raised by the question, "What makes some faces more attractive than others?" The authors challenge the views that beauty is simply in the "eye of the beholder," that it is idiosyncratic, and that it is nothing more than an artifact of culture. They argue instead that there are a variety of biological, social, motivational, and developmental issues involved in facial attractiveness. By exploring attractiveness and preference from these various perspectives, this collection offers profound and unique insight on how and why we are attracted to certain facial types, and how that attraction can influence our social interaction. Some of the ideas presented in Facial Attractiveness are surprising, others controversial, and others even paradoxical. Combined, however, they offer a new perspective on age-old questions of attraction, beauty and preference. Each author challenges standard assumptions about beauty, and encourages the reader to explore new trends in evolutionary, social, and cognitive psychology in search of a more coherent answer to the questions of what makes a face attractive and why.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
Evolution and Individual Differences in the Perception
NDimensional Feature Space
6 other sections not shown
Other editions - View all
adults assortative mating attractive faces averaged faces baby-faced babyfaced Barbee beauty behavior Buss Caucasian Chapter Chinese cognitive colleagues color component faces correlations cross-cultural cultural Cunningham developmental Developmental Psychology dominance ences Enquist Ethology evidence evolution evolutionary eyes facial attractiveness facial features facial preferences facial qualities facial symmetry factors female faces feminized Figure fluctuating asymmetry genes genetic Grammer groups human hypothesis images individual faces infants influence Journal of Personality judged judgments Keating Langlois male and female male faces manipulated masculinity mate choice mate quality mathematically averaged menstrual cycle Moller Montepare neoteny ness parasite pedomorphic Penton-Voak perceived perception Perrett Personality and Social phenotypic physical attractiveness physiognomy preferences for attractive prototype Psychological Science raters ratings Rhodes Roggman Rubenstein sample sexual dimorphism sexual maturity sexual selection signal Social Psychology Sociobiology status cues stereotyping studies Sumich symmetrical faces symmetry Thornhill & Gangestad tion tiveness tractiveness unattractive University women Zebrowitz