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Strong but flexible: How fundamental social motives support but sometimes also thwart favorable attractiveness biases

  • Maria Agthe (a1) and Jon K. Maner (a2)

Research corroborates the notion that fundamental social motives play an important role in biases that favor attractive people. Although an adaptationist framework expects favorable social effects of good looks in most situations and contexts, it simultaneously allows for potential negative social reactions and outcomes that may be elicited by physical attractiveness in other contexts. These effects of attractiveness reflect the reproductive opportunities and threats posed by potential mates and rivals.

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