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|Title:||Symmetry and perceived facial attractiveness: a monozygotic co-twin comparison|
|Citation:||Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999; 76(1):151-158|
|Publisher:||AMER PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOC|
|L. Mealey and R. Bridgstock, G. C. Townsend|
|Abstract:||Symmetry is a major correlate of physical attractiveness across species, including humans. Investigating the nature of this relationship has been difficult, however, for several reasons, including the facts that variance in symmetry is attributable to more than one source and is often correlated with other variables related to attractiveness. This study assessed the role of facial symmetry in relation to perceptions of facial attractiveness. Some of the natural covariates of symmetry were controlled for by comparing the symmetry and attractiveness differentials between monozygotic co-twins, who are genetically, but not developmentally, identical. The more symmetric twin of a pair was consistently rated as more attractive, and the magnitude of the difference between twins in perceived attractiveness was directly related to the magnitude of the difference in symmetry.|
|Keywords:||Humans; Facial Asymmetry; Facial Expression; Beauty; Twins, Monozygotic; Sex Characteristics; Adult; Female; Male|
|Rights:||© 1999 by the American Psychological Association|
|Appears in Collections:||Dentistry publications|
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