Format

Send to

Choose Destination
Perception. 2010;39(1):136-8.

Why are mixed-race people perceived as more attractive?

Author information

1
School of Psychology, Cardiff University, Tower Building, Park Place, Cardiff CF10 3AT Wales, UK. LewisMB@cardiff.ac.uk

Abstract

Previous, small scale, studies have suggested that people of mixed race are perceived as being more attractive than non-mixed-race people. Here, it is suggested that the reason for this is the genetic process of heterosis or hybrid vigour (ie cross-bred offspring have greater genetic fitness than pure-bred offspring). A random sample of 1205 black, white, and mixed-race faces was collected. These faces were then rated for their perceived attractiveness. There was a small but highly significant effect, with mixed-race faces, on average, being perceived as more attractive. This result is seen as a perceptual demonstration of heterosis in humans-a biological process that may have implications far beyond just attractiveness.

PMID:
20301855
DOI:
10.1068/p6626
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Atypon
Loading ...
Support Center