Attractive Faces Are Only Average

  title={Attractive Faces Are Only Average},
  author={Judith H. Langlois and Lori A Roggman},
  journal={Psychological Science},
  pages={115 - 121}
Scientists and philosophers have searched for centuries for a parsimonious answer to the question of what constitutes beauty. We approached this problem from both an evolutionary and information-processing rationale and predicted that faces representing the average value of the population would be consistently judged as attractive. To evaluate this hypothesis, we digitized samples of male and female faces, mathematically averaged them, and had adults judge the attractiveness of both the… 

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