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Advances in Psychological Science    2013, Vol. 21 Issue (12) : 2144-2153     DOI: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02144
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Influential Factors of Facial Attractiveness: The Observer Hypothesis
KOU Hui;SU Yanhua;ZHANG Yan;KONG Fanchang;HU Yuanyan;WANG Yang;CHEN Hong
(1 Department of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China) (2 Educational Science Department, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621000, China) (3 Key Laboratory of Adolescent Cyberpsychology and Behavior Ministry of Education, Central China Normal University, Wuhan 430079, China) (4 Department of Education, Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences, Chongqing 402160, China)
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Abstract  

Previous researches suggested two assumptions about the influential factors of facial attractiveness, the owner hypothesis and the observer hypothesis. However, most researches focused on the owner hypothesis. Concentrating on the observer hypothesis, a narrative review was performed on previous related researches, elaborating on influential factors of facial attractiveness, including biological factors, psychological and behavioral factors and social factors of observers. The owner hypothesis was explained by evolutionary, social cultural and cognitive factors. The direction of future researches in the field was also discussed.

Keywords facial attractiveness      observer hypothesis      biological factors      psychological factors      social factors     
Corresponding Authors: CHEN Hong   
Issue Date: 15 December 2013
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KOU Hui,SU Yanhua,ZHANG Yan, et al. Influential Factors of Facial Attractiveness: The Observer Hypothesis[J]. Advances in Psychological Science, 2013, 21(12): 2144-2153.
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http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/10.3724/SP.J.1042.2013.02144     OR     http://journal.psych.ac.cn/xlkxjz/EN/Y2013/V21/I12/2144
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