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Judgments of Facial Attractiveness as A Dynamic Combination of Internal/External Parts

Saegusa, Chihiro and Watanabe, Katsumi and Shimojo, Shinsuke and Intoy, Janis (2019) Judgments of Facial Attractiveness as A Dynamic Combination of Internal/External Parts. i-Perception, 10 (S3). p. 30. ISSN 2041-6695.

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Although the importance of facial attractiveness has been widely researched, how attractiveness of internal/external facial parts and whole interacts in a time course of attractiveness judgment is still unclear. In our research, visual information integration in the facial attractiveness judgment has been investigated in a series of psychological experiments in which presentation of facial images to be evaluated their attractiveness was constrained spatially and/or temporally. Attractiveness evaluation of briefly-presented facial images demonstrated that 1) contribution of the eyes to the whole facial attractiveness judgment remains high even after short exposure duration as 20 milliseconds to the face, while contribution of other facial parts changed over time, and 2) either the gaze of the face is directed to or averted from the evaluator affected the dynamic integration of facial parts information to the judgments of whole facial attractiveness. Different experiments examining the influence of external feature on the perceived facial attractiveness revealed the mutual, but not symmetrical influence between facial attractiveness and hair attractiveness. These findings together suggest the dynamic feature of facial attractiveness judgment where information from internal/external features is integrated over the time while it is affected by social cue such as gaze direction of the face.

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