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An analysis of body shape attractiveness based on image statistics: Evidence for a dissociation between expressions of preference and shape discrimination

Citation
Smith KL, Tovee MJ, Hancock PJB, Bateson M, Cox MAA & Cornelissen PL (2007) An analysis of body shape attractiveness based on image statistics: Evidence for a dissociation between expressions of preference and shape discrimination, Visual Cognition, 15 (8), pp. 927-953.

Abstract
We develop an image-driven approach to the question of what makes the shape of a woman's body attractive. We constructed a set of 625 images of female bodies by factorially recombining four independent descriptors of shape derived from a principal components analysis of the variation in natural body shape, and had observers rate these images for attractiveness. We then modelled observers' attractiveness ratings with polynomial multiple regression, using the same shape descriptors as explanatory variables. The resulting model agrees well with existing models based on simple anthropometric indices of shape; however, some interesting new findings emerge. There was considerable variation in the shape of bodies that were judged to be equally attractive. Further experiments confirmed that observers could detect these subtle variations in shape suggesting a dissociation between attractiveness judgement and shape discrimination.

Keywords
analysis; Attractiveness; body; COMPONENTS; discrimination; Dissociation; evidence; experiment; EXPERIMENTS; expression; Female; IMAGE; IMAGES; judgement; model; Models; preference; principal components analysis; Rating; Regression; SHAPE; STATISTICS; variation

Journal
Visual Cognition: Volume 15, Issue 8

StatusPublished
Author(s)Smith, Kathryn L; Tovee, Martin J; Hancock, Peter J B; Bateson, Melissa; Cox, Mike A A; Cornelissen, Piers L
Publication date01/01/2007
Publication date online19/10/2007
PublisherPSYCHOLOGY PRESS
Place of publicationHOVE, ENGLAND
ISSN1350-6285
LanguageEnglish
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