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Attractiveness of facial averageness and symmetry in non-Western cultures: in search of biologically based standards of beauty

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Averageness and symmetry are attractive in Western faces and are good candidates for biologically based standards of beauty. A hallmark of such standards is that they are shared across cultures. We examined whether facial averageness and symmetry are attractive in non-Western cultures. Increasing the averageness of individual faces, by warping those faces towards an averaged composite of the same race and sex, increased the attractiveness of both Chinese (experiment 1) and Japanese (experimen...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1068/p3123

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Institution:
"University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
"ATR Human Informaiton Processing Research Laboratories, Kyoto, Japan"
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Institution:
"University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
"University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Institution:
"University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia"
Department:
Department of Psychology
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Publisher:
Pion Ltd. Publisher's website
Journal:
Perception Journal website
Volume:
30
Issue:
5
Pages:
611-625
Publication date:
2001
DOI:
EISSN:
1468-4233
ISSN:
0301-0066
URN:
uuid:2678541f-bd80-452c-9050-de644896aa43
Local pid:
ora:3132
Language:
English
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