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Predicting attractiveness from face parts reveals multiple covarying cues.

Liu, C. H., Young, A.W., Li, J., Tian, X. and Chen, W., 2022. Predicting attractiveness from face parts reveals multiple covarying cues. British Journal of Psychology, 113, 264-286.

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DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12532


In most studies of facial attractiveness perception, judgments are based on the whole face images. Here we investigated how attractiveness judgments from parts of faces compare to perceived attractiveness of the whole face, and to each other. We manipulated the extent and regions of occlusion, where either the left/right or the top/bottom half of the face was occluded. We also further segmented the face into relatively small horizontal regions involving the forehead, eyes, nose, or mouth. The results demonstrated the correlated nature of face regions, such that an attractiveness judgment for one face part can be highly predictive of the attractiveness of the whole face or the other parts. The left/right half of the face created more accurate predictions than the top/bottom half. Judgments involving a larger area of the face (i.e., left/right or top/bottom halves) produced more accurate predictions than those derived from smaller regions, such as the eyes or the mouth alone, but even the smallest and most featureless region investigated (the forehead) provided useful information. The correlated nature of the attractiveness of face parts shows that perceived attractiveness is determined by multiple covarying cues that the visual system can exploit to determine attractiveness from a single glance.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:facial attractiveness ; inferences about attractiveness ; occlusion ; parts ; whole
Group:Faculty of Science & Technology
ID Code:36061
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:28 Sep 2021 10:24
Last Modified:03 Oct 2022 07:43


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