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1 Benefits of Beauty by Matt Dwyer, Sara Enzenauer, Rachel Budihas, Angela Wahl

2 American Society, What is attractive?

3 What is attractive? Ideal Female and Male Bodies: An Analysis of College Students' Drawings

4 Media decides attraction Body ideals are formed by the media Typical female models are found to be 9% taller and 16% thinner than the average American Media images of male bodies are becoming increasingly muscular over time

5 What is Attractive in US:Female curvaceously thin body that is characterized by small hips and waist and a large bust

6 What is attractive in US: Male The ideal male body in U.S. society is best described as a muscleman, with broad shoulders and disproportionately large chest and arm muscles

7 Biological benefits of beauty Attractive people are seen as healthy Youthful people are seen as more attractive Attractive people are seen as more reproductively fit

8 Attractiveness and finding a mate More important for females to have a "perfect" body Men focus attention more on looks social settings

9 Happiness and Self Esteem Physical Attraction Results o positive correlation o negative correlation (Mathes, 1975)

10 Attraction and Power? Presidential Candidates Visual cues such as physical appearance, are instrumental in shaping our impressions of political candidates Case Study: 1960 Presidential Election (Kraus, 1988)

11 Social & Economic Effects Job Earnings Attractive people are likely to earn an average of 3% to 4% more than a person with below-average looks. (Shellenbarger, 2011)

12 Attractiveness and intelligence Perceived as more intelligent Studies with Kindergarteners Within and between the sexes Theory better quality genes Assortative mating (Kanazawa, 2009)

13 Attraction and the Halo Effect The Halo Effect Our cognitive judgment of a person is biased from impressions (attraction) The halo effect was given its name by psychologist Edward Thorndike Edward Thorndike Dion and Berscheid (1972): relationship between the halo effect and attraction

14 Attraction

15 Bibliography fundamentalist/200903/beautiful-people-are-more-intelligent-i fundamentalist/200903/beautiful-people-are-more-intelligent-i happier-study-finds/ /1 happier-study-finds/ /1


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