Is There an Own-Race Preference in Attractiveness?

  title={Is There an Own-Race Preference in Attractiveness?},
  author={Darren Burke and Caroline Nolan and William G. Hayward and Robert Russell and Danielle Sulikowski},
  journal={Evolutionary Psychology},
Even in multicultural nations interracial relationships and marriages are quite rare, one reflection of assortative mating. A relatively unexplored factor that could explain part of this effect is that people may find members of their own racial group more attractive than members of other groups. We tested whether there is an own-race preference in attractiveness judgments, and also examined the effect of familiarity by comparing the attractiveness ratings given by participants of different… 

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