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Skin texture and colour predict perceived health in Asian faces

Tan, K. W., Tidderman, B. and Stephen, I. D. (2018) Skin texture and colour predict perceived health in Asian faces. Evolution and Human Behavior, 39 (3). pp. 320-335. ISSN 1090-5138

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2018.02.003

Abstract/Summary

Facial skin texture and colour play an important role in observers' judgments of apparent health and have been linked to aspects of physiological health, including fitness, immunity and fertility. However, most studies have focused on Caucasian populations. Here, we report two studies that investigate the contribution of skin texture and colour to the apparent health ofMalaysian Chinese faces. In Study 1, homogenous skin texture, as measured by wavelet analysis, was found to positively predict ratings of apparent health of Asian faces. In study 2, homogenous skin texture and increased skin yellowness positively predicted rated health of Malaysian Chinese faces. This finding suggests that skin condition serves as an important cue for subjective judgements of health in Malaysian Chinese faces.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
University of Reading Malaysia
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Nutrition and Health
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Perception and Action
ID Code:81593
Publisher:Elsevier

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