Attractiveness: In the Facial Muscles of the Beholder

October 2011
Journal of Sport & Exercise Psychology;Oct2011, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p749
Academic Journal
The article cites a research study that investigates the affective outcomes of exposure to attractive faces using facial electromyography (EMG). The study included a sample of 73 adults and 66 children and the relationship between attractiveness evaluation and affect was examined. It was found that unattractive faces evoked significantly more disgust than medium or highly attractive faces in both children and adults, based on the facial muscle innervations of the brow, lip and nostrils. Faces evoked less negative affect as they increased in attractiveness.


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