What's Average and What's Not AboutAttractive Faces
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.
Langlois, J. H., Roggman, L. A., & Musselman, L. (1994). What's average and what's not about attractive faces. Psychological Science, 5, 214-220.