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TitleAlways on my mind?: recognition of attractive faces may not depend on attention
Author(s)Silva, André
Macedo, António Filipe
Albuquerque, Pedro Barbas
Silva, Joana Rodrigues Arantes da
KeywordsAttention
Memory
Recognition
Attractiveness
Eye tracking
Eye-gaze
Evolutionary psychology
Issue date29-Jan-2016
PublisherFrontiers Media
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Abstract(s)Little research has examined what happens to attention and memory as a whole when humans see someone attractive. Hence, we investigated whether attractive stimuli gather more attention and are better remembered than unattractive stimuli. Participants took part in an attention task in which matrices containing attractive and unattractive male naturalistic photographs were presented to 54 females, and measures of eye-gaze location and fixation duration using an eye-tracker were taken followed by a recognition task. Eye-gaze was higher for the attractive stimuli compared to unattractive stimuli. Also, attractive photographs produced more hits and false recognitions than unattractive photographs which may indicate that regardless of attention allocation, attractive photographs produce more correct but also more false recognitions. We present an evolutionary explanation for this, as attending to more attractive faces but not always remembering them accurately and differentially compared with unseen attractive faces, may help females secure mates with higher reproductive value.
TypeArticle
URIhttps://hdl.handle.net/1822/51855
DOI10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00053
ISSN1664-1078
Peer-Reviewedyes
AccessOpen access
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