The evolutionary psychology of facial beauty.

  title={The evolutionary psychology of facial beauty.},
  author={Gillian Rhodes},
  journal={Annual review of psychology},
  • G. Rhodes
  • Published 2006
  • Psychology
  • Annual review of psychology
What makes a face attractive and why do we have the preferences we do? Emergence of preferences early in development and cross-cultural agreement on attractiveness challenge a long-held view that our preferences reflect arbitrary standards of beauty set by cultures. Averageness, symmetry, and sexual dimorphism are good candidates for biologically based standards of beauty. A critical review and meta-analyses indicate that all three are attractive in both male and female faces and across… 

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