The Neurobiology and Evolutionary Foundations of the Perception of Beauty


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Esel E. , ESEL G. P.

DUSUNEN ADAM-JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES, cilt.30, ss.368-388, 2017 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi)

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 4
  • Basım Tarihi: 2017
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5350/dajpn2017300412
  • Dergi Adı: DUSUNEN ADAM-JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY AND NEUROLOGICAL SCIENCES
  • Sayfa Sayısı: ss.368-388

Özet

Beauty in human beings can be defined as physical attractiveness to the opposite sex. Although the perception of attractiveness varies between cultures and individuals to a certain extent, it is established that most of the criteria for attractiveness are common among many cultures. According to evolutionary psychologists, facial and body-related features that people find attractive reflect the adaptations determined by sexual selection, which is one of the driving forces of evolution. These adaptations evolved to explore the mate value and reproductive success of a potential partner. Being attractive provides many social advantages to a person, and it is known that people make some positive attributions about other characteristics of such a person as well. Among humans, features such as facial beauty, youth, body shape, behaviors, voice tone, and ornamentation are important factors in the evaluation of attractiveness of the opposite sex.