Alcohol intoxication reduces detection of asymmetry: An explanation for increased perceptions of facial attractiveness after alcohol consumption?

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/40465
Title:
Alcohol intoxication reduces detection of asymmetry: An explanation for increased perceptions of facial attractiveness after alcohol consumption?
Authors:
Souto, Antonio da Silva; Bezerra, Bruna Martins; Halsey, Lewis G.
Abstract:
Ratings of physical attractiveness are related to degree of facial symmetry. Acute alcohol consumption affects ratings of physical attractiveness and also attenuates aspects of visual perception.We tested the hypothesis that increases in ratings of attractiveness associated with alcohol intoxication can be attributed at least in part to a reduced ability to discern facial asymmetry due to reductions in levels of visual perception. We examined whether alcohol intoxication reduces ability to detect asymmetry in approximately symmetrical images. Sober and intoxicated subjects were shown a series of simple geometric images to which they responded on whether they perceived each one to be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Intoxicated subjects were significantly less able to detect asymmetry than were sober subjects, providing support for the hypothesis.
Journal:
Perception
Issue Date:
2008
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/40465
DOI:
10.1068/p5951
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
03010066; 14684233
Appears in Collections:
Department of Life Sciences Collection

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dc.contributor.authorSouto, Antonio da Silva-
dc.contributor.authorBezerra, Bruna Martins-
dc.contributor.authorHalsey, Lewis G.-
dc.date.accessioned2008-11-07T09:30:37Z-
dc.date.available2008-11-07T09:30:37Z-
dc.date.issued2008-
dc.identifier.issn03010066-
dc.identifier.issn14684233-
dc.identifier.doi10.1068/p5951-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/40465-
dc.description.abstractRatings of physical attractiveness are related to degree of facial symmetry. Acute alcohol consumption affects ratings of physical attractiveness and also attenuates aspects of visual perception.We tested the hypothesis that increases in ratings of attractiveness associated with alcohol intoxication can be attributed at least in part to a reduced ability to discern facial asymmetry due to reductions in levels of visual perception. We examined whether alcohol intoxication reduces ability to detect asymmetry in approximately symmetrical images. Sober and intoxicated subjects were shown a series of simple geometric images to which they responded on whether they perceived each one to be symmetrical or asymmetrical. Intoxicated subjects were significantly less able to detect asymmetry than were sober subjects, providing support for the hypothesis.en
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dc.subjectalcohol consumptionen
dc.subjectvisual perceptionen
dc.subjectphysical attractivenessen
dc.subjectfacial symmetryen
dc.titleAlcohol intoxication reduces detection of asymmetry: An explanation for increased perceptions of facial attractiveness after alcohol consumption?en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalPerceptionen
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