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More than just skin deep? Personality information influences men's ratings of the attractiveness of women's body sizes

Swami, Viren and Furnham, Adrian and Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas and Akbar, Kanwal and Gordon, Natalie and Harris, Tasha and Finch, Jo and Tovee, Martin J. (2010) More than just skin deep? Personality information influences men's ratings of the attractiveness of women's body sizes. Journal of Social Psychology, 150 (6). pp. 628-647. ISSN 0022-4545

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00224540903365497

Abstract

This study examined the influence of personality information on perceptions of the physical attractiveness of a range of female body sizes. A sample of 2,157 male university students were randomly assigned to one of 10 groups in which they received personality information about women they were rating, or a control group in which they received no personality information. Controlling for participants' age and body mass index, results showed no significant between-group differences in the body size that participants found most attractive. However, participants provided with positive personality information perceived a wider range of body sizes as physically attractive compared with the control group, whereas participants provided with negative personality information perceived a narrower range of body sizes as attractive. Correlations showed that participants' own Extraversion was associated with their body size ratings. These results suggest that non-physical cues have an influence on the perception of physical beauty.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:9018
Deposited On:20 Jan 2011 11:45
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