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Vision Res. 2010 Jan;50(2):149-54. doi: 10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.003. Epub 2009 Nov 6.

New "golden" ratios for facial beauty.

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Department of Psychology, University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093, USA. ppallett@ucsd.edu

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.

PMID:
19896961
PMCID:
PMC2814183
DOI:
10.1016/j.visres.2009.11.003
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