The biology of facial beauty

Fink, Bernhard and Neave, Nick (2005) The biology of facial beauty. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 27 (6). pp. 317-325. ISSN 0142 5463

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It was once widely believed that standards of beauty were arbitrarily variable. Recent research suggests, however, that people's views of facial attractiveness are remarkably consistent, regardless of race, nationality or age. Facial characteristics are known to influence human attractiveness judgements and evolutionary psychologists suggest that these characteristics all pertain to health, leading to the conclusion that humans have evolved to view certain bodily features as attractive because the features were displayed by healthy others. Here we review some of the fundamental principles of sexual selection theory that apply to human beauty and summarize the major findings of human beauty perception.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attractiveness, beauty, evolutionary psychology, face, humans, mate choice
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 09:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:28

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