Why are Mixed-Race People Perceived as more Attractive?

  title={Why are Mixed-Race People Perceived as more Attractive?},
  author={Michael B. Lewis},
  pages={136 - 138}
  • M. Lewis
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Psychology
  • Perception
Previous, small scale, studies have suggested that people of mixed race are perceived as being more attractive than non-mixed-race people. Here, it is suggested that the reason for this is the genetic process of heterosis or hybrid vigour (ie cross-bred offspring have greater genetic fitness than pure-bred offspring). A random sample of 1205 black, white, and mixed-race faces was collected. These faces were then rated for their perceived attractiveness. There was a small but highly significant… 

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