Physically attractive faces attract us physically

Kramer, Robin S. S., Mulgrew, Jerrica, Anderson, Nicola C., Vasilyev, Daniil, Kingstone, Alan, Reynolds, Michael G. and Ward, Robert (2020) Physically attractive faces attract us physically. Cognition, 198 . p. 104193. ISSN 0010-0277

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104193

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Abstract

When interacting with other humans, facial expressions provide valuable information for approach or avoid decisions. Here, we consider facial attractiveness as another important dimension upon which approach-avoidance behaviours may be based. In Experiments 1–3, we measured participants' responses to attractive and unattractive women's faces in an approach-avoidance paradigm in which there was no explicit instruction to evaluate facial attractiveness or any other stimulus attribute. Attractive faces were selected more often, a bias that may be sensitive to response outcomes and was reduced when the faces were inverted. Experiment 4 explored an entirely implicit measure of approach, with participants passively viewing single faces while standing on a force platform. We found greater lean towards attractive faces, with this pattern being most obvious in male participants. Taken together, these results demonstrate that attractiveness activates approach-avoidance tendencies, even in the absence of any task demand.

Keywords:Facial attractiveness, Approach-avoidance, Touchscreen, Force platform, Postural lean
Subjects:C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
C Biological Sciences > C830 Experimental Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:40045
Deposited On:03 Feb 2020 11:10

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