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Facial attractiveness: visual impact of symmetry increases significantly towards the midline.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17667409     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Symmetry is thought to be a major prerequisite for an attractive face. Many faces are not symmetric, yet are still regarded as beautiful. What role, then, does asymmetry play in the perception of beauty? We studied the assessment of computer-manipulated images by independent judges (n = 200-250): part A: nevi located at different positions; part B: standardized changes of the orbital region. The results showed that slight lateral orbital and facial asymmetry does not impair attractiveness at all and that asymmetries close to the midline are significantly less attractive than those affecting the lateral aspect of the face (P < 0.001). A single nevus which is located laterally on the face is significantly more attractive than a nevus close to the midline (P < 0.001). Faces with a completely symmetric bilateral pair of nevi in the same lateral positions (perceived as attractive when alone), received the worst ratings (P < 0.001). Symmetry is a characteristic of the attractive face, but there are exceptions to the rule. Under certain conditions symmetry can be completely unattractive. The visual impact of symmetry on the perception of beauty increases significantly when approaching the midline.
Ingo N Springer; Bjorn Wannicke; Patrick H Warnke; Oliver Zernial; Jorg Wiltfang; Paul A J Russo; Hendrik Terheyden; Andreas Reinhardt; Stefan Wolfart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of plastic surgery     Volume:  59     ISSN:  0148-7043     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann Plast Surg     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-08-01     Completed Date:  2007-10-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7805336     Medline TA:  Ann Plast Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  156-62     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Oral and Maxillofacial and Facial Plastic Surgery, University of Kiel, Arnold-Heller-Strasse 16, 24105 Kiel, Germany.
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Face / anatomy & histology*

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