Strong but flexible: How fundamental social motives support but sometimes also thwart favorable attractiveness biases

Maria Agthe, Jon K. Maner

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Research corroborates the notion that fundamental social motives play an important role in biases that favor attractive people. Although an adaptationist framework expects favorable social effects of good looks in most situations and contexts, it simultaneously allows for potential negative social reactions and outcomes that may be elicited by physical attractiveness in other contexts. These effects of attractiveness reflect the reproductive opportunities and threats posed by potential mates and rivals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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