Mapping female bodily features of attractiveness

Bovet, Jeanne, Lao, Junpeng, Bartholomée, Océane, Caldara, Roberto and Raymond, Michel (2016) Mapping female bodily features of attractiveness. Scientific Reports, 6 (1). p. 18551. ISSN 2045-2322

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Abstract

Beauty is bought by judgment of the eye (Shakespeare, Loves Labours Lost), but the bodily features governing this critical biological choice are still debated. Eye movement studies have demonstrated that males sample coarse body regions expanding from the face, the breasts and the midriff, while making female attractiveness judgements with natural vision. However, the visual system ubiquitously extracts diagnostic extra-foveal information in natural conditions, thus the visual information actually used by men is still unknown. We thus used a parametric gaze-contingent design while males rated attractiveness of female front- and back-view bodies. Males used extra-foveal information when available. Critically, when bodily features were only visible through restricted apertures, fixations strongly shifted to the hips, to potentially extract hip-width and curvature, then the breast and face. Our hierarchical mapping suggests that the visual system primary uses hip information to compute the waist-to-hip ratio and the body mass index, the crucial factors in determining sexual attractiveness and mate selection.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2020 08:38
Last Modified: 14 Jul 2020 08:45
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/43755

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