Dissociating averageness and attractiveness: attractive faces are not always average.

@article{DeBruine2007DissociatingAA,
  title={Dissociating averageness and attractiveness: attractive faces are not always average.},
  author={Lisa Marie DeBruine and Benedict C. Jones and Layla Unger and Anthony C. Little and David R. Feinberg},
  journal={Journal of experimental psychology. Human perception and performance},
  year={2007},
  volume={33 6},
  pages={
          1420-30
        }
}
Although the averageness hypothesis of facial attractiveness proposes that the attractiveness of faces is mostly a consequence of their averageness, 1 study has shown that caricaturing highly attractive faces makes them mathematically less average but more attractive. Here the authors systematically test the averageness hypothesis in 5 experiments using both rating and visual adaptation paradigms. Visual adaptation has previously been shown to increase both preferences for previously viewed… 
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