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  Eye candy: Looking at attractive people of the opposite gender makes men happy but not woman

de la Rosa, S., Choudhery, R., Bülthoff, H., & Curio, C. (2013). Eye candy: Looking at attractive people of the opposite gender makes men happy but not woman. Poster presented at 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2013), Bremen, Germany.

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de la Rosa, S1, 2, 3, Author              
Choudhery, R1, 2, Author              
Bülthoff, HH1, 2, Author              
Curio, C1, 2, 3, Author              
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1Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497794              
2Department Human Perception, Cognition and Action, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, ou_1497797              
3Project group: Cognitive Engineering, Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Max Planck Society, Spemannstrasse 38, 72076 Tübingen, DE, ou_2528702              

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 Abstract: There is ample evidence for gender specific mating preferences: While women tend to put more importance on men's reproductive capabilities, men tend to favor female attractiveness when selecting a partner. Here we explored whether looking at attractive people induces emotions in the observer. We presented images of faces to participants (40 male and 40 females) and subsequently asked participants about their current emotional state. Specifically, we manipulated the gender (male vs. female) and the attractiveness (normal vs. attractive) of the presented faces and asked participants to report their felt happiness, sadness, and attractedness. We found that both men and women felt more attracted to attractive faces, as opposed to average faces of the opposite gender (p<0.05), but only men felt happier looking at attractive women and felt more sad looking at normal looking women (p<0.001). This result suggests a gender specific effect of attractiveness on happiness that is in line with existing theories about human mating preferences.

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 Dates: 2013-08
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1177/03010066130420S101
BibTex Citekey: delaRosaCBC2013
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Title: 36th European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP 2013)
Place of Event: Bremen, Germany
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Title: Perception
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Publ. Info: London : Pion Ltd.
Pages: - Volume / Issue: 42 (ECVP Abstract Supplement) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 193 Identifier: ISSN: 0301-0066
CoNE: https://pure.mpg.de/cone/journals/resource/954925509369