September 24, 2008

From Sarah Kay:

Re: Science gives beauty some of its mystery back (Dec. 22): Many important parts of this story are missing. For instance, what was the distribution of face shapes of the subjects.

In a very small undergraduate study I did, I found a strong correlation between face shapes and a attractedness. Subjects were more attracted to those of the opposite sex with the same countenance.

I also discovered different descriptions of attractedness - such as cute, pretty, beautiful, lovely, etc. Subjects might assign these descriptions to a sample while also stating that they themselves were not attracted to it but others might be. There also seemed to be a bias associated with the quality and quantity of experiences with the opposite sex.

While additional information may be absent due to publishing constraints, the story lacks credibility without more basic information.


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