Evolutionary Standards of Female Attractiveness
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Aspects of female appearance that are linked to perceived attractiveness and/or biologically relevant information.
Homo sapiens is the product of an evolutionary process. Evolutionary constraints shaped our bodies, perception, cognition, preferences, and behavior. The thus evolved characteristics are still present today. From a biological viewpoint, the ability to promote the own genetic information is central. This is why cues that are linked to reproductive potential are perceived as attractive.
Preferences for attractive features can be observed from early stages in life: Babies aged 2–6 months look longer at attractive faces. This “attractivism” continues to affect our lives favoring attractive people in various contexts. Attractive pupils get better evaluations than their less attractive peers; the same holds true for students at University. In professional life, attractive people are more likely to be offered a job and higher...
KeywordsFluctuate Asymmetry Facial Shape Directional Asymmetry Facial Attractiveness Body Odor
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