Swami, Viren and Grant, Nina and Furnham, Adrian and McManus, I. Christopher (2008) Perfectly formed? The effect of manipulating the waist-to-hip ratios of famous paintings and sculptures. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 27 (1). pp. 47-62. ISSN 0276-2366Full text not available from this repository.
Forty-three women and 45 men rated a series of images of selected paintings and sculptures for aesthetic appeal and originality. For each painting or sculpture, there were three versions: the original image and two manipulated images, one displaying a lower waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) and the other displaying a higher WHR than in the original. The results showed that, in general, both male and female participants considered the original and, in some cases, the image with the higher WHR as the most aesthetically pleasing. The results also showed that participants were generally able to discern the undoctored image as being the original, although women were better at this task than men. Implications for the study of aesthetics and physical attractiveness are considered.
|Subjects:||University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities|
|Depositing User:||Miss Nina Watts|
|Date Deposited:||06 May 2009 09:15|
|Last Modified:||06 May 2009 09:15|
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