Research has concordantly supported the notion that highly symmetrical faces are naturally perceived as the most attractive. The reason, however, has been a topic of debate. Are we biologically programmed to find symmetry and sexual dimorphism (masculinity or femininity) appealing, or have we learned to prefer these qualities through experience?
Recently, a team of Scottish scientists presented a formidable argument for biology. They found that symmetrical faces fare better far beyond the beauty-obsessed west, with African hunter-gatherers measuring higher in attractiveness when their faces registered as more proportional and clearly more male or more female. But the findings didn’t stop with the human race: even primates are predisposed to the correlation.
The researchers believe this could reflect an inherent relationship between symmetry and disease-resistance, or other traits that would make someone a biologically attractive mate.
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