In physical attractiveness studies, averageness describes the physical beauty that results from averaging the facial features of people of the same gender and approximately the same age. The term "average" is used strictly to denote the technical definition of the mathematical mean. An averaged face is not unremarkable, but is, in fact, quite good looking. Nor is it typical in the sense of common or frequently occurring in the population, though it appears familiar, and is typical in the sense that it is a good example of a face that is representative of the category of faces.
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Here’s what the average person looks like in each country (11 Photos)
The Beauty of Averageness
W hy might you be attracted to one face over another? The multimillion-pound cosmetics industry demonstrates the huge level of interest in how we look. In preference trials, these highly average faces were consistently rated most attractive. A simple research study shatters whatever romantic notions you may hold. Male and female volunteers looked at a series of smiling female faces and were asked to rate the attractiveness of each one. Some of the faces they saw just once, while others they saw six times.
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Average faces of men and women around the world.
Using a modern version of the technique that Sir Francis Galton pioneered in the 's, multiple images of faces are aligned and composited together to form the final result. There is already controversy surrounding the results. Some people feel that the average is "too attractive. Instead of having a lot of blurry images with undefined features, this method averages the shape of the features before blending the images together.
The debate over the definition of beauty has been waged by both scientists and philosophers for centuries. Based upon our research, we believe that a facial configuration close to the population mean is fundamental to attractiveness. To test this and related questions, we create images that are averages of various numbers of faces using image morphing technology called Morph Age. We use images of male and female college students to create composites of multiple faces.