Determinants of Hand Attractiveness—A Study Involving Digitally Manipulated Stimuli

  title={Determinants of Hand Attractiveness—A Study Involving Digitally Manipulated Stimuli},
  author={Krzysztof Kościński},
  pages={682 - 694}
Although attractiveness of the human hand is of significance in the social and mating context, thus far it has attracted little scientific interest. In this study, young women and men were presented with pairs of digitally manipulated images of opposite-sex hands and asked to indicate the hand perceived to be the more attractive in each pair. The hands within a pair differed from one another by a single feature: shape averageness, femininity, finger length, second-to-fourth-digit ratio, or skin… 

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