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The Aesthetic BrainHow We Evolved to Desire Beauty and Enjoy Art$
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Anjan Chatterjee, MD

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199811809

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199811809.001.0001

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The measure of facial beauty

The measure of facial beauty

(p.10) Chapter 3 The measure of facial beauty
The Aesthetic Brain

Anjan Chatterjee

Oxford University Press

The chapter opens with historical examples that drive home the point that most groups make up stories to proclaim their own exceptionality. The earliest attempts to measure beauty, especially with faces, were contaminated with such biases, despite claiming to be “objective.” Setting aside parochial prejudices, facial attractiveness can be measured reliably.

Keywords:   exceptionality, beauty, attractiveness, biases

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