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Beauty And The Brain:

Experiments led by Piotr Winkielman, of the University of California, San Diego, and published in the current issue of Psychological Science, suggest that judgments of attractiveness depend on mental processing ease, or being “easy on the mind.”

“What you like is a function of what your mind has been trained on,” Winkielman said. “A stimulus becomes attractive if it falls into the average of what you’ve seen and is therefore simple for your brain to process. In our experiments, we show that we can make an arbitrary pattern likeable just by preparing the mind to recognize it quickly.”

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Comments

  1. #1 Koray
    September 28, 2006

    Not surprising. But, I wonder how this is viewed in an evolutionary context. The deviation from the physical average can be beneficial, yet it would be deemed unattractive.