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Is Eye Size a Cue of Attraction?

We sometimes believe that bigger is better, or more attractive. But is there a limit to how the size of eyes makes one appear attractive? What about other variables? Read More

Kawaii Culture

This might be news for much of the Western world, but the Japanese have had a cuteness sub-culture (i.e. "Kawaii Culture") for years. They're probably world experts on cuteness. Animated characters with big eyes are ubiquitous in Japan (and exported). Yet, there also seems to be an understanding that the "big eyes" concept doesn't work in every context of cuteness, and that different eye sizes work better in different contexts.

Disney eyes

Maybe the fact the turtle's eyes weren't cute was because it was a reptile and not a mammal? Chameleons and frogs have huge eyes but cute they ain't, compared to seal pups and Bambi. And nobody squees over poor Gollum even though he's all eyes!

I think that this concept is

I think that this concept is somewhat not correct. people with small eyes gets more attention and they look quite pretty.

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Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., is the Henry R. Kravis Professor of Leadership and Organizational Psychology at Claremont McKenna College.

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