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  P324 Spring 1998 --Physical Attraction
Since physical attraction is an important piece of the puzzle in the attraction game, much time has been devoted to studying its impact and implications.
He noted that physically attractive people have an enormous social advantage in our culture; they are better liked, more persuasive, more frequently helped, and seen as possessing better personality traits and intellectual capabilities (Cialdini 1984).
Attractive models are used to link their desirability and beauty to the product being sold.
www.units.muohio.edu /psybersite/attraction   (825 words)

  
  Berscheid & Walster: Physical Attractiveness
The authors feel that research into physical attractiveness has been lacking because sociilogists have disregarded is as an important variable or have been uneasy in exploring the deterministic consequences of beauty.
Physically attractive dates were preferred by everyone, though people of less attractiveness tended to choose less attractive dates than highly attractive individuals.
Interestingly, while physical attractiveness appears to be the biggest correlator and predictor, it rarely appears as most important when directly asked of subjects.
faculty.babson.edu /krollag/org_site/soc_psych/berscheid_attract.html   (873 words)

  
 JuicySecret (tm) .net / Your Dream Date
Some studies suggest that one source of physical attraction of a human male to a human female is dependent upon a proportion between the width of the hips and the width of the waist (see Golden ratio).
One idea of physical beauty regarding the breasts of women is that the best shape approaches the shape of a three dimensional parabola (which is called a Paraboloid of revolution) as opposed to a hyperbola, or a sphere.
Conversely, the shape of the buttocks of an attractive person (male or female) tends to resemble the shape of a cardioid, which is the inverse transform of a parabola.
www.juicysecret.net   (1068 words)

  
 Physical attractiveness - WikEd
Physical attractiveness can be related to body language in the body language can enhance or detract from physical attractiveness.
Dion and Berscheid (1974) examined the relationship between physical attractiveness and peer perception at an early period of peer interaction, ages 4-6.
When discussing the issue of physical attractiveness, it must be assumed to be a subjective exercise.
wik.ed.uiuc.edu /index.php?title=Physical_attractiveness&redirect=no   (1515 words)

  
 FIRST IMPRESSIONS: THE EFFECT OF PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS AND PERSONALITY ON RELATIONSHIPS
The hypothesis was that men would prefer physical attractiveness over personality when pursuing any type of relationship (dating or friendship) and women would prefer physical attractiveness when pursuing a dating relationship but would prefer personality to physical attractiveness when pursuing a friendship.
Al), the third characteristic, physical attractiveness, is the most difficult of the three characteristics because it is hard to avoid forming impressions of people based on their appearance.
Attractive defendants sometimes even receive sentences that are more lenient when they are perceived as physically attractive (Mazzella and Feingold, 1994; as cited by Taylor, et.
clearinghouse.missouriwestern.edu /manuscripts/197.asp   (4247 words)

  
 Genetic Engineering, Physical Attraction, and the Future of Human Evolution
Physical attractiveness can have a huge effect on how people are judged — people tend to attribute positive characteristics such as intelligence and honesty to attractive people without consciously realizing it.
Male physiques which are not viewed as attractive by large sectors of society are - obesity (often perceived as a sign that the man is either lazy or in poor health) and overly slim bodies (seen as indicative of the man not engaging in sports or exercise or of being in poor health).
Not within the realm of physical attractiveness, but included in the discussion to support the proposed root driver of the attraction phenomenon, are material wealth and social signs of success.
www.human-evolution.org /genetic_physical_attraction.php   (2867 words)

  
 Physical attractiveness stereotype - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The physical attractiveness stereotype is a term that psychologists use to refer to the tendency to assume that people who are physically attractive also possess other socially desirable personality traits.
The stereotype acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy where the perception of attractive people as more valuable members of society leads to their receiving preferential treatment, positive feedback and tangible benefit.
Studies have found that attractiveness does correlate positively with some traits such as personal income, social skills and self-confidence.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physical_attractiveness_stereotype   (228 words)

  
 Facial Attractiveness and the Attractiveness Halo - Physical Attractiveness in Context
The general topic of attractiveness is important to members of virtually every culture, especially to the young who seek romantic partners and to those who seek to extend their influence in society through contact with others.
Attractiveness is significant to each individual and to most people whom the person meets, and the effects of attractiveness could extend to virtually every other impression a person makes.
Mere physical attractiveness exerts a generally positive influence on the attitudes and behaviors of observers, an effect known as the attractiveness halo.
face-and-emotion.com /dataface/facets/attractiveness.jsp   (1906 words)

  
 An Evolutionary Theory of Female Physical Attractiveness - Psi Chi
Physical attractiveness, despite sustained exhortations that beauty is only skin deep and that one should not judge the book by its cover, significantly impacts practically every aspect of interpersonal relationships.
Physically attractive women are admired and handsomely paid to be models, glamorized as movie actresses, and blamed for being greatly responsible for widespread body dissatisfaction and eating disorders in young women.
Physical attractiveness depends on both facial and bodily features, but strangely, all the detailed analysis of what constitutes attractiveness and its link to genetic quality is restricted to faces.
www.psichi.org /pubs/articles/article_548.asp   (3486 words)

  
 Mating strategies of young women: role of physical attractiveness Journal of Sex Research - Find Articles   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
The paramount importance of attractiveness in males' mate choices has been recently demonstrated by using the distinction between necessities (i.e., essential needs, such as food and shelter) and luxuries (i.e., objects that are sought after essential needs have been satisfied, such as a yacht or expensive car) made by economists.
Because attractiveness signals attributes that are crucial for reproductive success, attractive people are pursued by many as potential mates, inculcating and reinforcing their beliefs about their greater desirability compared to unattractive people.
Such a cluster of negative attributes or a "darker side" of the attractiveness stereotype is difficult to explain on the basis of social theories of stereotype formation, which suggest that attractive women internalize such attributes based on other people's expectations and behave accordingly.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2372/is_1_41/ai_114593248   (851 words)

  
 Encyclopedia of Criminology
The notion that criminal behavior was related to physical anomalies was dealt a severe blow by the publication of Charles B. Goring's The English Convict in 1913.
The researchers found that men rated as less attractive also were perceived to be prone to commit future violent crimes, suggesting that unattractive people are more likely to be branded as criminals.
Physical appearance is related to self-worth and behavior; as the adage goes, "pretty is as pretty does." When it comes to criminal behavior, the opposite may be true as well.
www.routledge-ny.com /ref/criminology/physical.html   (1292 words)

  
 Physical attractiveness contrast effect and the moderating influence of self-consciousness Sex Roles: A Journal of ...
Physical attractiveness contrast effect and the moderating influence of self-consciousness
While beauty may indeed be in the eye of the beholder, research has provided rather consistent evidence that perceptions of physical attractiveness are subject to a perceptual contrast effect.
The interest of the present research was to consider individual differences in susceptibility or reactivity to a physical attractiveness contrast effect.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2294/is_5-6_40/ai_55082329   (817 words)

  
 Physical Appearance
This paper proposes that physical appearance is a major factor in the development of personality, because people form opinions by what they see in a person physically, and respond to that person accordingly.
He is able to prove that that physical attractiveness does indeed play a role in shaping a personality, but his assertion that this is the most influential factor that influences environment is not so easily accepted.
Attractive people would, by this theory, develop more "desirable" personalities, and with the combination of a good personality and good looks, would most likely be more popular than those not possessing such traits.
www.personalityresearch.org /papers/popkins2.html   (4568 words)

  
 Mating strategies of young women: role of physical attractiveness Journal of Sex Research - Find Articles
The paramount importance of attractiveness in males' mate choices has been recently demonstrated by using the distinction between necessities (i.e., essential needs, such as food and shelter) and luxuries (i.e., objects that are sought after essential needs have been satisfied, such as a yacht or expensive car) made by economists.
Because attractiveness signals attributes that are crucial for reproductive success, attractive people are pursued by many as potential mates, inculcating and reinforcing their beliefs about their greater desirability compared to unattractive people.
Such a cluster of negative attributes or a "darker side" of the attractiveness stereotype is difficult to explain on the basis of social theories of stereotype formation, which suggest that attractive women internalize such attributes based on other people's expectations and behave accordingly.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2372/is_1_41/ai_114593248   (851 words)

  
 Eddy Elmer's Diary: Double standard on physical attractiveness
Physically attractive people seem also to be more more satisfied with their lives and consider themselves happier than do their less attractive counterparts (most likely because physical attractiveness gives them the kinds of benefits that lead to social and vocational success).
Physically attractive people with psychological disturbance are judged to be more maladjusted and to have a poorer prognosis than less physically attractive people with the same psychological disturbance (Cash, Kehr, Polyson, and Freeman, 1977).
In other words, their desire for physical attractiveness is given "free reign"—the same kind of free reign that heterosexual men would have if they were not constrained by the biologically-based need and urge to procreate.
www.eddyelmer.com /diary/2003_Oct_31_diary.htm   (7180 words)

  
 Physical Attractiveness and Teeth - Improve Your Smile
Physical attractiveness can be characterized as perceiving the appearance of an individual as aesthetically pleasing.
The theory of attraction asserts that attraction is based on similarity, proximity and attractiveness.
One thing regarding physical attractiveness can be agreed on universally: people judge you based on your physical attractiveness.
www.dental-resources.com /physical-attractiveness.html   (378 words)

  
 RELEASE: Physical beauty involves more than good looks
In many studies evaluating physical attractiveness, people are often shown an array of strangers' photos, computer-generated images or line drawings and asked to identify which ones, based on differences in physical features, are most attractive.
Results from these studies suggest that physically attractive traits include high degrees of bilateral facial symmetries, such as eyes that are identical in shape and size, and waist-to-hip ratios of 0.7 for women and 0.9 for men.
In a world where people are bombarded with messages about physical attractiveness from magazines, television and advertisements, the researchers say their results point to the influence of other traits on people's perception of physical beauty.
www.news.wisc.edu /releases/9679.html   (805 words)

  
 Is Physical Attractiveness a Sign of Health?
Evolutionary psychologists suggest that physical attraction in humans is a universal trait, which plays an important role in natural selection—how people chose their mating partners.
According to evolutionary psychologists, female physical attractiveness is an indication of a female's biological health and reproductive fitness.
Male physical attractiveness is an indicator of a male's ability to physically provide for and protect a female, although this has become somewhat less important in modern Western society where the ability to earn a good wage is considered more useful than brawn.
www.bodyfatguide.com /PhysicalAttractiveness.htm   (760 words)

  
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The study tested two hypotheses: (a) All body dimensions are equally significant in contributing to physical attractiveness ratings given to stimulus persons of both sexes, and (b) sexual and ideal stereotyped body images exist for each sex.
Based on 44 physical dimensions, similarities and differences between male and female judges of male and female stimulus persons are compared.
The physical attractiveness of Asians were less influenced by some sexual maturity and expressive features.
www.wsu.edu /~salusso/BODY/physical.html   (3218 words)

  
 Gender Partner Preferences and the Longevity of Heterosexual Dating Relationships   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
Media images focus on certain features that are deemed attractive such as facial hair, jawbone, cheekbones, brow ridges, and the central part of the face (from the brow to the bottom of the nose).
Previous research has shown that physically attractive people tend to be perceived as having more confidence, power, and happiness (Feingold, 1992).
However, even though physically attractive people are believed to have positive attributes, they also may be considered vain and unsympathetic.
www.personal.psu.edu /users/e/m/emf169/Introduction.htm   (1720 words)

  
 Physical attractiveness contrast effect and the moderating influence of self-consciousness Sex Roles: A Journal of ...
While beauty may indeed be in the eye of the beholder, research has provided rather consistent evidence that perceptions of physical attractiveness are subject to a perceptual contrast effect.
This social comparison contrast effect for physical attractiveness has been shown to influence not only self-perceptions of attractiveness, but also other aspects of the social self.
The interest of the present research was to consider individual differences in susceptibility or reactivity to a physical attractiveness contrast effect.
findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2294/is_5-6_40/ai_55082329   (817 words)

  
 BeautySecretTips.com - Theories of Beauty and What Determines Physical Attractiveness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-13)
In addition to the predictors of good health and reproductive fitness, these include facial features which may stimulate the male sexual response by their resemblance to aroused female genital areas, and features which resemble those of human infants, who are universally appealing to both sexes of a species.
In the perception of male attractiveness by the female amongst humans, the single most important aspect determining physical attractiveness across cultures is the physique of the male.
Both men and women use physical attractiveness as a measure of how 'good' another person is. Typically men tend to value attractiveness more than women, and for some women personality can be more important.
www.beautysecrettips.com /index.htm   (2032 words)

  
 Physical attractiveness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
There is a downside to being very attractive—it is assumed that beautiful men and women are far more likely to have extramarital affairs, seek divorce, carry sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and are most likely to have sexual relationships that are considered to be inappropriate.
Similarly, in India, the features associated with Persian (Aryan), that is fairer skin and long, straight noses, are considered signs of attractiveness and are still sought after in bride candidates in arranged marriages while features associated with Dravidians, that is darker skins, are not considered sought after.
In nineteenth-century Germany, it was considered attractive to be somewhat overweight (again as a symbol of wealth), whilst young men often practiced academic fencing simply in order to gain facial scars, which were viewed as symbols of masculinity.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Physical_attractiveness   (4355 words)

  
 CUJO - The Effect of Similar Physical Features on Perceived Levels of Attraction
In this study, however, it is not the global levels of physical attractiveness among couples that I am interested in, but in the specific level of attraction that occurs between individuals when they posses similar physical characteristics.
By having subjects rate the attractiveness of certain individuals and comparing those ratings with the number of similar physical facial features possessed by both the subject and the rated individual, I predict to find a positive correlation between the number of similar characteristics and perceived levels of attraction.
To test the relationship between similar physical facial features and attraction, a 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 ANOVA was performed on the data with a between subject variable of participant gender and three within subject variables of gender match, hair color match and eye color match.
cujo.clemson.edu /manuscript.php?manuscript_ID=128   (2636 words)

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