Facial attractiveness is appraised in a glance.

@article{Olson2005FacialAI,
  title={Facial attractiveness is appraised in a glance.},
  author={Ingrid R. Olson and Christy Marshuetz},
  journal={Emotion},
  year={2005},
  volume={5 4},
  pages={
          498-502
        }
}
Those who are physically attractive reap many benefits--from higher average wages to a wider variety of mate choices. Recent studies have investigated what constitutes beauty and how beauty affects explicit social judgments, but little is known about the perceptual or cognitive processing that is affected by aesthetic judgments of faces and why beauty affects our behavior. In this study, the authors show that beauty is perceived when information is minimized by masking or rapid presentation… Expand
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