A Group’s Physical Attractiveness Is Greater Than the Average Attractiveness of Its Members

  title={A Group’s Physical Attractiveness Is Greater Than the Average Attractiveness of Its Members},
  author={Yvette van Osch and Irene Blanken and Maartje H. J. Meijs and Job van Wolferen},
  journal={Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin},
  pages={559 - 574}
We tested whether the perceived physical attractiveness of a group is greater than the average attractiveness of its members. In nine studies, we find evidence for the so-called group attractiveness effect (GA-effect), using female, male, and mixed-gender groups, indicating that group impressions of physical attractiveness are more positive than the average ratings of the group members. A meta-analysis on 33 comparisons reveals that the effect is medium to large (Cohen’s d = 0.60) and moderated… 

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