All About Beauty

Okay, so gorgeous people get preferential treatment. It's a not-too-pretty fact of life long attributed to the halo effect. Now there's evidence that beauty and intelligence (and other positive characteristics) go hand in hand. Evolutionary psychologists have opened a tantalizing line of inquiry onto age-old questions about beauty, and not a moment too soon. Clinical psychologists observe that men and women alike appear more concerned than ever with attractiveness and perceived physical imperfections.

Recent posts on Beauty

Creating and Collaborating Broadens Street Art's Reach

By Roni Beth Tower Ph.D., ABPP on February 22, 2017 in Life, Refracted
On Feb. 21, 2017 the New York Times noted the 69th floor of 4 World Trade Center had invited renowned street artists to express themselves inside and legally. Reach expands again.

So You Think You Can Dance?

By Lydia Denworth on February 14, 2017 in Brain Waves
What makes a woman a good dancer? The hips don't lie.

Are the Physically Attractive Also Happier?

The surprising finding was that gorgeous models who made a living from being beautiful, suffered lower well-being and greater personality maladjustment than non-models.

Are Flowers on Valentines Day a Big Dumb Waste of Money?

You can't eat flowers (like chocolate). You can't use them to get coffee (like a gift card). Why do we still give people flowers as gifts?

Be My Valentine - And Save Our Democracy!

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 13, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to have a great Valentine's Day while defending our democracy? Here are a few research-based tips.

Color and Intimacy

Can color make us more likely to solicit intimate information?

Finding Hope in Dark Times

Are you caught up in a winter of discontent? How to find hope in dark times.

Sex, Beauty, and Climate Change: Flycatchers are Less Flashy

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on February 06, 2017 in Animal Emotions
Climate change is reeking havoc on the behavior and reproduction of numerous animals. A long-term study of male flycatchers shows warmer temperatures make them less attractive.

The Most Romantic Valentine's Day Gift

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on February 05, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Increase your romance and your mental well-being with a different type of Valentine's Day gift!

Sexual Liberalism and Body Image Acceptance

Criticism of others’ bodies is generally fueled by insecurity and dissatisfaction with one’s own body. Having body acceptance generally predicts sexual openness.

Do Dogs or Cats Make You Look More Attractive?

New data looks at how having a dog or a cat in a photo affects how appealing and attractive the person in the photo appears.

Is Spirituality Irrational?

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 19, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Is spirituality irrational? The answer might surprise you!

12 Tips For Happy, Long-Lasting Relationships

By Gleb Tsipursky Ph.D. on January 18, 2017 in Intentional Insights
Want to make love last? These 12 tips will go a long way.

Attractiveness Is More (and Less) Important Than You Think

Good looks may be both undervalued and overvalued in our dating and mating decisions, depending on the context.

The Beauty of Imperfection

By Marianna Pogosyan Ph.D. on January 02, 2017 in Between Cultures
How the Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi fits into our modern lives.

What We Think About Attractive Women and Men

By Nathan A Heflick Ph.D. on December 31, 2016 in The Big Questions
When it comes to being hired, is there a "dark-side" to being attractive?

Why Is Hair so Important to Us?

By Sheila Kohler on December 26, 2016 in Dreaming for Freud
Is it more than vanity?

Do Women Find Bald Men to Be More Attractive?

By Ryan Anderson on December 22, 2016 in The Mating Game
There is an ongoing debate about what exactly is conveyed by male baldness. Scientific research suggests there are some surprising advantages to being bald.

Why Women Spend So Much Effort on Their Appearance

By Nigel Barber Ph.D. on December 22, 2016 in The Human Beast
There is no argument about the fact that women spend a lot more time, effort, and money on their appearance than men do. How they look is clearly important to them. Why?

How Testosterone Affects What Men Find Attractive

By Robert Burriss Ph.D. on December 21, 2016 in Attraction, Evolved
Testosterone, the male hormone, has well-known effects on muscle growth and competitiveness. But can it also affect how men perceive women's faces?

Looking Forward to Looking Back on Today

Nostalgia is by definition a backward looking emotional experience, but new research suggests that one form of nostalgia involves looking forward in order to look back.

Why Do Women Risk Pain and Injury Wearing High Heels?

By Michael Castleman M.A. on December 13, 2016 in All About Sex
One reason women choose heels: As height increases, men find them increasingly attractive.

To Groom or Not to Groom?

By Susan McQuillan M.S., RDN on December 06, 2016 in Cravings
A new study says trimming your pubic area can increase your risk of STIs.
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Beauty and the Beast as a Lesson in Self Acceptance

Can't accept some part of yourself? "Beauty and the Beast" has a lesson for us all.

Improving the Experience of Online Education

By Andy Tix Ph.D. on November 28, 2016 in The Pursuit of Peace
Can online courses provide the kind of experience crucial for students to develop critical thinking, curiosity, and creativity? New research suggests the answer is "yes."

The Beauty of Being Bound

By E. J. R. David Ph.D. on November 17, 2016 in Unseen and Unheard
This is a time to bring the fullness of who we are as psychologists to the forefront, to stand in solidarity with our communities that are under assault.

What’s Behind Our Snap Judgments?

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 15, 2016 in How To Do Life
An Up-and-Comer Interview with Jon Freeman

Awardwinning Play, Film About Humans, not Psychopathology

By Paula J. Caplan Ph.D. on November 08, 2016 in Science Isn't Golden
Are you tired of plays and movies focused on people's pathology and meanness? Awardwinning play opening November 9 might be for you!

In These Turbulent, Divided Times, Lead With Beauty

By Tim Leberecht on November 07, 2016 in The Romance of Work
In an age of machine-driven efficiency, we humans must nurture our unique ability to lead and work beautifully.

Creating Your Physical Image

By Marty Nemko Ph.D. on November 07, 2016 in How To Do Life
How our choices of clothes, makeup, even dog affect how we're perceived.