Authors:Ian S. Penton-Voak, Angela C. Rowe, and Jenna Williams
We investigated individuals’ representations of their partners’ facial appearance as a possible contributory factor to relationship maintenance. Couples completed measures assessing their attitudes to their relationship and their partner, and were photographed. These photographs were manipulated to increase or decrease facial attractiveness. Participants were asked to select the veridical image of their partner from a seven image array (three less attractive than the original, the veridical image, and three more attractive than the original). Individuals who rated their relationships positively were more likely to select images of their partners that had been made artificially more attractive as being the veridical images. Individuals dissatisfied with their relationship showed the opposite effect. When participants were analysed independently by sex, these relationships were only present for female participants. Familiar celebrity faces manipulated in the same way were perceived accurately. Implications of these findings for the maintenance of relationships and theories of face perception are discussed.
Authors:Joseph T. F. Lau, Le Dang, Ray Y. H. Cheung, Meng Xuan Zhang, Juliet Honglei Chen, and Anise M. S. Wu
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Authors:Nikolett Pápay, Adrien Rigó, Olivér Nagybányai Nagy, and Adrienn Soltész
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