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  Beauty, elegance, grace, and sexiness compared

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Kegel, V., Knoop, C. A., & Schlotz, W. (2019). Beauty, elegance, grace, and sexiness compared. PLOS ONE, 14(6), e0218728. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0218728.

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Menninghaus, Winfried1, Author              
Wagner, Valentin1, Author              
Kegel, Vanessa1, Author              
Knoop, Christine A.1, Author              
Schlotz, Wolff2, Author              
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1Department of Language and Literature, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society, ou_2421695              
2Scientific Services, Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Max Planck Society, ou_2421698              

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 Abstract: Beauty is the single most frequently and most broadly used aesthetic virtue term. The present study aimed at providing higher conceptual resolution to the broader notion of beauty by comparing it with three closely related aesthetically evaluative concepts which are likewise lexicalized across many languages: elegance, grace(fulness), and sexiness. We administered a variety of questionnaires that targeted perceptual qualia, cognitive and affective evaluations, as well as specific object properties that are associated with beauty, elegance, grace, and sexiness in personal looks, movements, objects of design, and other domains. This allowed us to reveal distinct and highly nuanced profiles of how a beautiful, elegant, graceful, and sexy appearance is subjectively perceived. As aesthetics is all about nuances, the fine-grained conceptual analysis of the four target concepts of our study provides crucial distinctions for future research.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 2019-06-21
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 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218728
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 14 (6) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: e0218728 Identifier: DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0218728