Accessing attractiveness in online dating profiles

Stimuli depicted are examples of photographs taken of men who consented to have their images reproduced for scientific communication.

300 faces were briefly presented in a random sequence and participants made a binary attractiveness judgement about each one: attractive or not attractive.

Moreover, previous studies have used laboratory stimuli, controlling for low-level visual properties for the purposes of drawing inferences about the visual system.

We then analysed each subject’s sequence of attractiveness judgements, binning them into two groups based on whether a given face was preceded by an attractive or unattractive face.

Comparing these groups allowed us to test whether face attractiveness on the current trial [t] was contingent upon the previous [t − 1] trial’s face being attractive.

(B) Bar graph of main results, averaged across subjects (N = 16; error bars = ±1SEM).

Horizontal dashed line indicates general attractiveness (mean attractiveness score for all faces averaged across all subjects).

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