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Using evolutionary, cognitive, and social psychology, this volume examines the issues raised by the question, What makes some faces more attractive than others? The authors challenge the views that beauty is simply in the eye of the beholder, that it is idiosyncratic, and that it is nothing more than an artifact of culture. They argue instead that there are a variety of biological, social, motivational, and developmental issues involved in facial attractiveness. By exploring attractiveness and preference from these various perspectives, this collection offers profound and unique insight on how and why we are attracted to certain facial types, and how that attraction can influence our social interaction.
Some of the ideas presented in Facial Attractiveness are surprising, others controversial, and others even paradoxical. Combined, however, they offer a new perspective on age-old questions of attraction, beauty and preference. Each author challenges standard assumptions about beauty, and encourages the reader to explore new trends in evolutionary, social, and cognitive psychology in search of a more coherent answer to the questions of what makes a face attractive and why.
About the Author
GILLIAN RHODES is Professor of Psychology at the University of Western Australia and the author of Superportraits: Caricatures and Recognition. She is a recipient of the New Zealand Psychological Society's Hunter Award for Excellence in Research and is on the editorial boards of Psychonomic Bulletin, The British Journal of Psychology, and the New Zealand Journal of Psychology.
LESLIE A. ZEBROWITZ is Manuel Yellen Professor of Social Relations and Professor of Psychology at Brandeis University. She is the author of Social Perception and Reading Faces. She has been a Visiting Scholar at Seoul National University, the Murray Research Center at Harvard University, and the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. She also has served as Program Director for Social Psychology at the U.S. National Science Foundation.
Table of Contents
What Makes A Face Attractive and Why: The Role of Averageness in Defining Facial Beauty by A.J. Rubenstein, J.H. Langlois, and L.A. Roggman
The Attractiveness of Average Faces: Cross-Cultural Evidence and Possible Biological Basis by G. Rhodes, K. Harwood, S. Yoshikawa, M. Nishitani and I. McLean
Evolution and Individual Differences in the Perception of Attractiveness: How Cyclic Hormonal Changes and Self-Perceived Attractiveness Influence Female Preferences for Male Faces by A.C. Little, I.S. Penton-Voak, D.M. Burt, and D.I. Perrett
Female Faces and Bodies: N-Dimensional Feature Space and Attractiveness by K. Grammer, B. Fink, A. Juette, G. Ronzal, and R. Thornhill
An Ethological Theory of Attractiveness by M. Enquist, S. Ghirlanda, D. Lundqvist, and C. Wachtmeister
Charismatic Faces: Social Status Cues Put Face Appeal in Context by C.F. Keating
Dimensions of Facial Physical Attractiveness: The Intersection of Biology and Culture by M.R. Cunningham, A.P. Barbee, C. Philhower
Cultural Perspectives on Facial Attractiveness by K.K. Dion
Nature Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom: The Multiple Ways and Wherefores of Attractiveness by L.A. Zebrowitz, G. Rhodes