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The Science of Social Vision$
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Reginald B. Adams, Nalini Ambady, Ken Nakayama, and Shinsuke Shimojo

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333176

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333176.001.0001

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Context-Specific Responses to Self-Resembling Faces

Context-Specific Responses to Self-Resembling Faces

(p.204) Chapter 11 Context-Specific Responses to Self-Resembling Faces
The Science of Social Vision

Lisa M. DeBruine

Benedict C. Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter details the methodological issues surrounding the experimental study of human facial resemblance and reviews experimental evidence from studies using such methods. Facial resemblance was found to increase prosocial behavior and attributions consistent with the kinds of contexts in which favoring kin would have been adaptive. Resemblance had a less positive effect on the general attractiveness of opposite-sex faces than same-sex faces and had a detrimental effect on judgments of sexual attractiveness, consistent with inbreeding avoidance. Facial resemblance was shown to increase preferences for child faces and may do so more for men than women. Additionally, preferences for self-resemblance are sensitive to cyclic hormone changes, with self-resemblance being preferred more during the luteal phase than during the fertile late follicular phase, especially in female faces.

Keywords:   facial resemblance, prosocial behavior, opposite sex, sexual attractiveness, child faces

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