Human Facial Attractiveness and Sexual Selection: The role of Symmetry and Averageness

The study hypothesized from the parasite theory of sexual selection that men would prefer averageness and symmetry in women's faces, and that women would prefer largeness (not averageness) of the secondary sexual traits of men's faces. They generated computer images of men's and women's faces and of composites of the faces of each sex, and then had men and women rate opposite-sex faces for 4 variable (attractive, dominant, sexy and healthy). Symmetry, averageness, and the sizes of facial features were measured on the computerized faces. The hypotheses were supported, with the exception of the hypothesized effects of averageness of female and male faces on attractiveness ratings. This is the first study to show that facial symmetry has a positive influence on facial attractiveness ratings. 



Niklas Rottke

Hi! My name is Niklas, and i have joined this company in summer 2017 as an intern. Up to today i am continiously improving my skills in using the "Schneemann System" by annotating millions of pictures of human faces. If i am not annotating, i am probably writing some new articles here...

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