The role of masculinity and distinctiveness in judgments of human male facial attractiveness.

@article{Little2002TheRO,
  title={The role of masculinity and distinctiveness in judgments of human male facial attractiveness.},
  author={A. C. Little and P. Hancock},
  journal={British journal of psychology},
  year={2002},
  volume={93 Pt 4},
  pages={
          451-64
        }
}
Masculinity and distinctiveness have been found to influence the attractiveness of human male faces. The relationship between masculinity and distinctiveness, however, has received little attention. In Expt 1, we examine how current averaging techniques and manipulated sexual dimorphism influence ratings of attractiveness, masculinity, and distinctiveness. In agreement with previous studies, composite faces were found to be more attractive than individual faces. Averaging resulted in increased… Expand

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