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

Interpersonal Attraction

By Adrian Furnham Ph.D. on March 24, 2017 in A Sideways View
What has evolutionary science to say about physical attractiveness?

Are Tattoos Addictive?

By Kirby Farrell Ph.D. on March 17, 2017 in A Swim in Denial
Do tattoos trigger craving for more?

A Nose Away From Beautiful

Besides its critical function in smell and breathing, the cartilaginous protrusion we call nose has long been crucial in considerations of human beauty. How could this not be so?

The Big Myth That Losing Weight Will Extend Your Life

Losing weight can be hazardous to your health.

Nurture the Phoenix

By Toby Israel Ph.D. on March 07, 2017 in Design on My Mind
Can art + environment + psychology = a formula for our phoenix to rise from the ashes?

Non-Judgment Day

By Sophie Sabbage on March 03, 2017 in The Cancer Whisperer
What if beauty is a quality of being, a verb not a noun?

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

By Jennifer Haupt on March 01, 2017 in One True Thing
Kristina Baker Kline reveals the story behind an Andrew Wyeth painting that inspired her new novel, "A Piece of the World."

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.

Why Physical Attraction Is (and Isn't) So Important

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.
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The Psychology of 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.