The leg-to-body ratio as a human aesthetic criterion

Swami, Viren and Einon, Dorothy and Furnham, Adrian (2006) The leg-to-body ratio as a human aesthetic criterion. Body Image, 3 (4). pp. 317-323. ISSN 1740-1445

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bodyim.2006.08.003


There are surprisingly few empirical studies on the aesthetic appeal of human legs, examining such variables as length or shape. The human legs are conspicuous in erotic contexts, but few studies have experimentally tested preferences for longer legs. This study examined the utility of the human leg-to-body ratio (LBR) as a specific aesthetic criterion among 71 British undergraduates. Participants rated for physical attractiveness line drawings that varied in five levels of LBR. The results showed that a longer LBR was preferred as maximally attractive in women, whereas a shorter LBR was preferred in men. Evolutionary psychological and socio-cultural explanations for this aesthetic preference are discussed, and the study's limitations are considered.

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