Structure, expression, and motion in facial attractiveness

I. Penton-Voak, Ed Morrison

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This article reviews recent developments in experimental facial attractiveness research. It outlines the important social consequences of facial attractiveness in social life and briefly reviews the structural factors associated with attractiveness in both sexes taking a theoretical perspective largely influenced by evolutionary biology. The study discusses individual differences in preferences from this theoretical perspective. Attractiveness is also affected by aspects of the face that are manifestly not static. Facial motion and expression involve changing configurations of the face and the execution of specific, discrete gestures that are likely to contribute to attractiveness and yet are largely neglected in the current literature. It shows how an evolutionary viewpoint is also useful when considering attractiveness judgments when expressive or dynamic cues are present in stimuli.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOxford handbook of face perception
EditorsA. Calder, G. Rhodes, M. Johnson, J. Haxby
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9780199559053
Publication statusPublished - 2011

Publication series

NameOxford library of psychology
PublisherOxford University Press


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