Beautiful People are Mean

by on May 11, 2006 at 7:15 am in Economics, Science, The Arts | Permalink

Several year ago, I read about the experiment showing that average faces are judged more beautiful than non-average faces.  In Judith Rich Harris’s No Two Alike there is an arresting figure which demonstrates.  With a little search on the web I was able to duplicate the figure, which is based on the original research.  The top two pictures are the averages of two faces, the next two are averages of 4, 8, and 16 faces and the final picture is an average of 32 faces. 

Wow, now I will no longer be upset when people say I have average looks.

Average_1

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