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Percept Mot Skills. 2008 Apr;106(2):508-16.

Consequences of negative information on perceptions of facial attractiveness.

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  • 1Loyola College, Baltimore 21210-2699, USA.


The present study assessed the effect of negative information on perception of attractiveness of smiling and nonsmiling targets by undergraduate men and women. Analysis indicated that smiling faces were rated more attractive than nonsmiling faces, consistent with previous research. There was a significant interaction of participants' sex and target description, in which women rated smiling faces less attractive after exposure to negative information about the target, but men rated smiling faces more attractive after exposure to negative information. Results are discussed in terms of an affective model of perception of people.

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