Preference for Facial Self-Resemblance and Attractiveness in Human Mate Choice

  title={Preference for Facial Self-Resemblance and Attractiveness in Human Mate Choice},
  author={Ferenc Kocsor and Rita Rezneki and Szabolcs Juh{\'a}sz and Tam{\'a}s Bereczkei},
  journal={Archives of Sexual Behavior},
Empirical studies present considerably consistent data about human mate choice, from which we may infer that it tends to be homogamous for various traits. However, different experiments on facial resemblance led to contradictory results. To obtain additional data about the preference for self-resembling potential mates, male and female composite faces were modified in a manner to resemble subjects. Volunteers were asked to choose a potential partner from three images in different situations… Expand

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