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Behav Brain Sci. 2017 Jan;40:e45. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X1600090X.

Moving forward with interdisciplinary research on attractiveness-related biases.

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Institute for Mind and Biology, University of Chicago,Chicago, IL 60637.dario@uchicago.eduandreahenry@uchicago.edunnickels@uchicago.edu


In our response, we review and address the comments on our target article made in the 25 commentaries. First, we review and discuss the commentaries that recognized the value of our approach, accepted the main premises and conclusions of our target article, and suggested further avenues for research on attractiveness-related biases. We then respond to commentators who either misinterpreted some parts of our target article or made statements with which we disagree. These commentaries provided us with an opportunity to clarify some aspects of our target article, for example, the fact that we address both the functional significance of attractiveness-related biases and their underlying mechanisms. We provide a rebuttal to two commentaries, in which we are accused of poor scholarship. We conclude our response by addressing two commentaries that discussed the societal implications of the occurrence of attractiveness-related biases in the labor market by briefly discussing the relationship between scientific research and social policy.


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