Average beauty: composite face of 60 women

Average beauty: composite face of 60 women

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Credit: D. PERRETT, K. MAY & S. YOSHIKAWA, UNIVERSITY OF ST ANDREWS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Beauty perception. Composite computer image of the face of an average Caucasian woman. This image is 1st of three testing what constitutes attractive- ness in women. Here, 60 faces from UK women are combined to show a face representing a population average. Panels of subjects compared this image with an attractive female face (see: P870/085), and then enhanced attractiveness (P870/086) which was preferred. Scientists conclude that beautiful faces do not have average features. Features which represent youthfulness and fertility are preferred. Beauty appears to have a biological explanation, which crosses cultural boundaries.

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Keywords: anatomy, beauty, beauty test, face, human body, map, mapping, psychology, woman

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