Evolutionary Psychology of Facial Attractiveness

  title={Evolutionary Psychology of Facial Attractiveness},
  author={Bernhard Fink and Ian S. Penton-Voak},
  journal={Current Directions in Psychological Science},
  pages={154 - 158}
The human face communicates an impressive number of visual signals. Although adults' ratings of facial attractiveness are consistent across studies, even cross-culturally, there has been considerable controversy surrounding attempts to identify the facial features that cause faces to be judged attractive or unattractive. Studies of physical attractiveness have attempted to identify the features that contribute to attractiveness by studying the relationships between attractiveness and (a… 

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