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ERIC Number: EJ804700
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0096-1523
Are Attractive Men's Faces Masculine or Feminine? The Importance of Type of Facial Stimuli
Rennels, Jennifer L.; Bronstad, P. Matthew; Langlois, Judith H.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, v34 n4 p884-893 Aug 2008
The authors investigated whether differences in facial stimuli could explain the inconsistencies in the facial attractiveness literature regarding whether adults prefer more masculine- or more feminine-looking male faces. Their results demonstrated that use of a female average to dimorphically transform a male facial average produced stimuli that did not accurately reflect the relationship between masculinity and attractiveness. In contrast, use of averages of masculine males and averages of feminine males produced stimuli that did accurately reflect the relationship between masculinity and attractiveness. Their findings suggest that masculinity contributes more to male facial attractiveness than does femininity, but future research should investigate how various combinations of facial cues contribute to male facial attractiveness. (Contains 2 figures and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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