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Advances in Psychological Science ›› 2016, Vol. 24 ›› Issue (7): 1130-1138.doi: 10.3724/SP.J.1042.2016.01130

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Facial attractiveness and mate value: An evolutionary psychology perspective

XU Hua-wei; NIU Dun; LI Qian   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Qufu Normal University, Qufu 273165, China)
  • Received:2015-08-04 Online:2016-07-15 Published:2016-07-15
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Facial attractiveness indicates the aesthetic evaluation of human faces. From the perspective of evolutionary psychology, facial attractiveness is a cue for mate value, which is the central working hypothesis of research on facial attractiveness. In this article, we review relevant studies on the relationship between facial attractiveness and mate value, particularly those studies that focus on factors influencing facial attractiveness, including sexual dimorphism, fluctuating asymmetry and facial adiposity.

Key words: facial attractiveness, mate value, sexual dimorphism, fluctuating asymmetry, facial adiposity