A dual-process account of female facial attractiveness preferences: Sexual and nonsexual routes

Robert G. Franklin, Reginald Adams, Jr.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

17 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

The current study conceptualizes facial attractiveness as a dual-process judgment, combining sexual and aesthetic value. We hypothesized that holistic face processing is more integral to perceiving aesthetic preference and feature-based processing is more integral to sexual preference. In order to manipulate holistic versus feature-based processing, we used a variation of the composite face paradigm. Previous work indicates that slightly shifting the top from the bottom half of a face disrupts holistic processing and enhances feature-based processing. In the present study, while nonsexual judgments best explained facial attraction in whole-face images, a reversal occurred for split-face images such that sexual judgments best explained facial attraction, but only for mate-relevant faces (i.e., other-sex). These findings indicate that disrupting holistic processing can decouple sexual from nonsexual judgments of facial attraction, thereby establishing the presence of a dual-process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1156-1159
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2009

Fingerprint

social attraction
aesthetics
paradigm
Esthetics
Values

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

Cite this

@article{4d02c9423705478cba0fca293752ce60,
title = "A dual-process account of female facial attractiveness preferences: Sexual and nonsexual routes",
abstract = "The current study conceptualizes facial attractiveness as a dual-process judgment, combining sexual and aesthetic value. We hypothesized that holistic face processing is more integral to perceiving aesthetic preference and feature-based processing is more integral to sexual preference. In order to manipulate holistic versus feature-based processing, we used a variation of the composite face paradigm. Previous work indicates that slightly shifting the top from the bottom half of a face disrupts holistic processing and enhances feature-based processing. In the present study, while nonsexual judgments best explained facial attraction in whole-face images, a reversal occurred for split-face images such that sexual judgments best explained facial attraction, but only for mate-relevant faces (i.e., other-sex). These findings indicate that disrupting holistic processing can decouple sexual from nonsexual judgments of facial attraction, thereby establishing the presence of a dual-process.",
author = "Franklin, {Robert G.} and {Adams, Jr.}, Reginald",
year = "2009",
month = "9",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1016/j.jesp.2009.06.014",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "45",
pages = "1156--1159",
journal = "Journal of Experimental Social Psychology",
issn = "0022-1031",
publisher = "Academic Press Inc.",
number = "5",

}

A dual-process account of female facial attractiveness preferences : Sexual and nonsexual routes. / Franklin, Robert G.; Adams, Jr., Reginald.

In: Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Vol. 45, No. 5, 01.09.2009, p. 1156-1159.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

TY - JOUR

T1 - A dual-process account of female facial attractiveness preferences

T2 - Sexual and nonsexual routes

AU - Franklin, Robert G.

AU - Adams, Jr., Reginald

PY - 2009/9/1

Y1 - 2009/9/1

N2 - The current study conceptualizes facial attractiveness as a dual-process judgment, combining sexual and aesthetic value. We hypothesized that holistic face processing is more integral to perceiving aesthetic preference and feature-based processing is more integral to sexual preference. In order to manipulate holistic versus feature-based processing, we used a variation of the composite face paradigm. Previous work indicates that slightly shifting the top from the bottom half of a face disrupts holistic processing and enhances feature-based processing. In the present study, while nonsexual judgments best explained facial attraction in whole-face images, a reversal occurred for split-face images such that sexual judgments best explained facial attraction, but only for mate-relevant faces (i.e., other-sex). These findings indicate that disrupting holistic processing can decouple sexual from nonsexual judgments of facial attraction, thereby establishing the presence of a dual-process.

AB - The current study conceptualizes facial attractiveness as a dual-process judgment, combining sexual and aesthetic value. We hypothesized that holistic face processing is more integral to perceiving aesthetic preference and feature-based processing is more integral to sexual preference. In order to manipulate holistic versus feature-based processing, we used a variation of the composite face paradigm. Previous work indicates that slightly shifting the top from the bottom half of a face disrupts holistic processing and enhances feature-based processing. In the present study, while nonsexual judgments best explained facial attraction in whole-face images, a reversal occurred for split-face images such that sexual judgments best explained facial attraction, but only for mate-relevant faces (i.e., other-sex). These findings indicate that disrupting holistic processing can decouple sexual from nonsexual judgments of facial attraction, thereby establishing the presence of a dual-process.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=68049113382&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=68049113382&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1016/j.jesp.2009.06.014

DO - 10.1016/j.jesp.2009.06.014

M3 - Article

AN - SCOPUS:68049113382

VL - 45

SP - 1156

EP - 1159

JO - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

JF - Journal of Experimental Social Psychology

SN - 0022-1031

IS - 5

ER -