Physical attractiveness

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Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.wikipedia
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Sexual attraction

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The term often implies sexual attractiveness or desirability, but can also be distinct from either.
The attraction can be to the physical or other qualities or traits of a person, or to such qualities in the context where they appear.

Interpersonal attraction

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Additionally, a second experiment with genotyped women raters, found these preferences were independent of the degree of MHC similarity between the men and the female rater.
It is distinct from perceptions such as physical attractiveness, and involves views of what is and what is not considered beautiful or attractive.

Averageness

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These proportions (46% and 36%) were close to the average of all female profiles.
In physical attractiveness studies, averageness describes the physical beauty that results from averaging the facial features of people of the same gender and approximately the same age.

Beauty

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Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.
The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, whether on an individual basis or by community consensus, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, politeness, charisma, integrity, congruence and elegance, and outer beauty (i.e. physical attractiveness) which includes physical attributes which are valued on an aesthetic basis.

Aesthetics

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Physical attractiveness is the degree to which a person's physical features are considered aesthetically pleasing or beautiful.
Another example is that body symmetry and proportion are important aspects of physical attractiveness which may be due to this indicating good health during body growth.

Fluctuating asymmetry

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Low facial and body fluctuating asymmetry may indicate good health and intelligence, which are desirable features.
Symmetry has been shown to affect physical attractiveness.

Waist–hip ratio

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Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who have a youthful appearance and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio.
Some researchers have found that the waist–hip ratio is a significant measure of female attractiveness.

Sexual intercourse

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It has been found that symmetrical men (and women) have a tendency to begin to have sexual intercourse at an earlier age, to have more sexual partners, and to have more one-night stands.
Decreased sexual activity among these women may be the result of their perceived failure to maintain ideal physical attractiveness or because their sexual partners' health issues have hindered sexual intercourse.

Long hair

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Men have been found to prefer long-haired women.
Long lustrous female hair is generally rated attractive by both men and women across cultures.

Sexy son hypothesis

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This distinction supports the sexy son hypothesis, which posits that it is evolutionarily advantageous for women to select potential fathers who are more genetically attractive, rather than the best caregivers.
In particular, research on the ovulatory shift hypothesis has shown that during the most fertile times of their menstrual cycles, human females are more attracted to more masculine and physically attractive men, and to men whose physical features are indicative of a higher exposure to testosterone during key developmental periods.

Lookism

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Discrimination against or prejudice towards others based on their appearance is sometimes referred to as lookism.
Physical attractiveness is associated with good things; in contrast, physical unattractiveness is associated with negative things.

Facial symmetry

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Men, on average, tend to be attracted to women who have a youthful appearance and exhibit features such as a symmetrical face, full breasts, full lips, and a low waist-hip ratio. Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures such as facial symmetry, sociocultural dependent attributes and personal preferences unique to a particular individual.
Along with traits such as averageness and youthfulness it influences judgments of aesthetic traits of physical attractiveness and beauty.

Halo effect

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This is referred to as the halo effect, also known as the 'beautiful-is-good' effect.
In "A Constant Error in Psychological Ratings", Thorndike asked two commanding officers to evaluate their soldiers in terms of physical qualities (neatness, voice, physique, bearing, and energy), intellect, leadership skills, and personal qualities (including dependability, loyalty, responsibility, selflessness, and cooperation).

Culture

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Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures such as facial symmetry, sociocultural dependent attributes and personal preferences unique to a particular individual. Generally, physical attractiveness can be viewed from a number of perspectives; with universal perceptions being common to all human cultures, cultural and social aspects, and individual subjective preferences.

Social environment

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Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures such as facial symmetry, sociocultural dependent attributes and personal preferences unique to a particular individual.

Preference

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Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures such as facial symmetry, sociocultural dependent attributes and personal preferences unique to a particular individual.

Individual

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Physical attraction itself includes universal perceptions common to all human cultures such as facial symmetry, sociocultural dependent attributes and personal preferences unique to a particular individual.

Evolutionary psychology

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Evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also, on average, be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness.

Fitness (biology)

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Evolutionary psychologists have tried to answer why individuals who are more physically attractive should also, on average, be more intelligent, and have put forward the notion that both general intelligence and physical attractiveness may be indicators of underlying genetic fitness.

Fertility

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A person's physical characteristics can signal cues to fertility and health, with statistical modelling studies showing that the facial shape variables that reflect aspects of physiological health, including body fat and blood pressure, also influence observers' perceptions of health.

Sexual dimorphism

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Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are and who display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, upper body strength, broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

Physical strength

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Women, on average, tend to be attracted to men who are taller than they are and who display a high degree of facial symmetry, masculine facial dimorphism, upper body strength, broad shoulders, a relatively narrow waist, and a V-shaped torso.

Society

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Generally, physical attractiveness can be viewed from a number of perspectives; with universal perceptions being common to all human cultures, cultural and social aspects, and individual subjective preferences.

Body odor

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Grammer and colleagues have identified eight "pillars" of beauty: youthfulness, symmetry, averageness, sex-hormone markers, body odor, motion, skin complexion and hair texture.

Complexion

Grammer and colleagues have identified eight "pillars" of beauty: youthfulness, symmetry, averageness, sex-hormone markers, body odor, motion, skin complexion and hair texture.