December 17, 2009

Facial attractiveness ratios for Caucasoid women

Vision Research doi:10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.003

New “golden” ratios for facial beauty


Pamela M. Pallett et al.

Abstract

In four experiments, we tested the existence of an ideal facial feature arrangement that could optimize the attractiveness of any face given its facial features. Participants made paired comparisons of attractiveness between faces with identical facial features but different eye–mouth distances and different interocular distances. We found that although different faces have varying attractiveness, individual attractiveness is optimized when the face’s vertical distance between the eyes and the mouth is approximately 36% of its length, and the horizontal distance between the eyes is approximately 46% of the face’s width. These “new” golden ratios match those of an average face.

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Joshua The Biologist said...

There is a flaw in this experiment with regards to the 'ideal' vertical eye-mouth distance. The length of the chin is also changing! Which should not happen as the only variable should be the eye-mouth distance. The result is that the people in the experiment ended up selecting the best compromise between a massive eye-mouth distance and a massive chin!
Put the chin of the left-most face with the eye-mouth distance of the right-most face and then see which is the most attractive.