Beauty in the brain of the beholder

Senior, Carl (2003). Beauty in the brain of the beholder. Neuron, 38 (4), pp. 525-528.


Facial beauty is an honest signal of the genotypic and phenotypic quality of the bearer. Beautiful people are thus regarded as high-value mates who maximize reproductive success by producing viable offspring. Here, the functional neuroanatomy of facial beauty is reviewed and placed into the context of the distributed model for human face perception. A proposed extension of the distributed model is provided, which takes into account the neuroanatomy of beautiful face perception.

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Divisions: Life & Health Sciences > Psychology
Life & Health Sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: facial beauty,genotypic quality,phenotypic quality,reproductive success,functional neuroanatomy,human face perception,neuroanatomy
Published Date: 2003-05-23
Authors: Senior, Carl ( 0000-0002-2155-4139)


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