Beauty in the brain of the beholder

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Facial beauty is an honest signal of the genotypic and phenotypic quality of the bearer. Beautiful people are thus regarded as high-value mates who maximize reproductive success by producing viable offspring. Here, the functional neuroanatomy of facial beauty is reviewed and placed into the context of the distributed model for human face perception. A proposed extension of the distributed model is provided, which takes into account the neuroanatomy of beautiful face perception.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-528
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2003


  • facial beauty
  • genotypic quality
  • phenotypic quality
  • reproductive success
  • functional neuroanatomy
  • human face perception
  • neuroanatomy


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