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Deep Dive Ep. 13 | Why Attractive Faces Are Not Average

This week, we look at the opposite of Ep.12 which suggests that averageing faces results in more attractive looking composites. Much of the benefits of averaged faces are that they have unusually higher rates of symmetry and perfectly clear skin (as a byproduct of the compositing process). However, as other researchers have found, averageness in your facial appeal only gets you so far, and to be truly unique and striking, your face needs features that deviate away from the average and into the extremes of dimorphism and proportion.

  • Langlois, Judith H.; Roggman, Lori A.; Musselman, Lisa (1994). WHAT IS AVERAGE AND WHAT IS NOT AVERAGE ABOUT ATTRACTIVE FACES?. Psychological Science, 5(4), 214–220. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.1994.tb00503.x
  • Alley, Thomas R.; Cunningham, Michael R. (1991). AVERAGED FACES ARE ATTRACTIVE, BUT VERY ATTRACTIVE FACES ARE NOT AVERAGE. , 2(2), 123–125. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9280.1991.tb00113.x
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Deep Dive Ep. 13 | Why Attractive Faces Are Not Average
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