Title

What Is Average and What Is Not Average About Attractive Faces?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Psychological Science

Volume

5

Issue

4

Publisher

SAGE

Publication Date

7-1994

First Page

214

Last Page

220

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-9280.1994.tb00503.x

Abstract

We reported in this journal (Langlois & Roggman, 1990) findings showing that attractive faces are those that represent the mathematical average of faces in a population These findings were intriguing because they provided a parsimonious definition of facial attractiveness and because they supported explanations of attractiveness from the point of view of both evolutionary and cognitive-prototype theory Since our 1990 report, several alternative explanations of our findings have been offered In this article, we show that none of these alternatives explains our results adequately

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