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dc.contributor.authorCoetzee, Vinet
dc.contributor.authorFaerber, Stella J
dc.contributor.authorGreeff, Jaco M
dc.contributor.authorLefevre, Carmen Emilia
dc.contributor.authorRe, Daniel
dc.contributor.authorPerrett, David Ian
dc.identifier.citationCoetzee , V , Faerber , S J , Greeff , J M , Lefevre , C E , Re , D & Perrett , D I 2012 , ' African perceptions of female attractiveness ' , PLoS One , vol. 7 , no. 10 , e48116 .
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dc.description.abstractLittle is known about mate choice preferences outside Western, educated, industrialised, rich and democratic societies, even though these Western populations may be particularly unrepresentative of human populations. To our knowledge, this is the first study to test which facial cues contribute to African perceptions of African female attractiveness and also the first study to test the combined role of facial adiposity, skin colour (lightness, yellowness and redness), skin homogeneity and youthfulness in the facial attractiveness preferences of any population. Results show that youthfulness, skin colour, skin homogeneity and facial adiposity significantly and independently predict attractiveness in female African faces. Younger, thinner women with a lighter, yellower skin colour and a more homogenous skin tone are considered more attractive. These findings provide a more global perspective on human mate choice and point to a universal role for these four facial cues in female facial attractiveness.
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dc.rights© 2012 Coetzee et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.en
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titleAfrican perceptions of female attractivenessen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.sponsorThe British Academyen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Institute of Behavioural and Neural Sciencesen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. Centre for Social Learning & Cognitive Evolutionen
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