© 2007

The Body Beautiful

Evolutionary and Sociocultural Perspectives

  • Viren Swami
  • Adrian Furnham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Methodological Critiques

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
    2. Melissa Bateson, Piers L. Cornelissen, Martin J. Tovée
      Pages 46-62
  4. Attractiveness Research Across Cultures

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Isabel Scott, Gillian R. Bentley, Martin J. Tovée, Farid Uddin Ahamed, Kesson Magid
      Pages 65-87
    3. Douglas W. Yu, Stephen R. Proulx, Glenn H. Shepard
      Pages 88-107
  5. Theory Development: Evolutionary Perspectives

  6. Theory Development: Sociocultural Perspectives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
    2. Linda Smolak, Sarah K. Murnen
      Pages 236-258
    3. Rachel M. Calogero, Michael Boroughs, J. Kevin Thompson
      Pages 259-298
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 299-316

About this book


In this volume, contributors from a range of perspectives - evolutionary psychology to anthropology, sociology to cognitive and motivational psychology - explore questions of what our attractiveness preferences are and why we find certain others physically attractive, offering a fresh perspective to understanding the perception of attractiveness.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Viren Swami
    • 1
  • Adrian Furnham
    • 2
  1. 1.University of LiverpoolUK
  2. 2.University College LondonUK

About the editors

FARID UDDIN AHAMED Professor and Chair at the Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh MELISSA BATESON Royal Society University Research Fellow at the Centre for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University, UK GILLIAN R BENTLEY Professor of Anthropology, Durham University, UK MICHAEL BOROUGHS Faculty Researcher at the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute, USA RACHEL M CAGOLERO currently completing her Ph.D. in social psychology at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK DOROTHY EINON Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University College London, UK JINTU FAN Professor of Textiles and Clothing, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong JEFF GALAK Marketing doctoral candidate at New York University's Stern School of Business, USA TOM HILDEBRANDT Assistant Professor of Psychiatry of the Eating and Weight Disorders Program, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA KERRI L JOHNSON Social Psychologist in the Department of Psychology, New York University, USA JANET D LATNER Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Hawaii, USA KESSON MAGID Ph.D candidate at the Department of Anthroplogy, University College London, UK DONALD H MCBURNEY Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, USA SARAH K MURNEN Professor of Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies at Kenyon College LEIF D NELSON Assistant Professor of Marketing, Stern School of Business, New York University, USA TERRY F PETTIJOHN II Associate Professor of Psychology, Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania, USA STEPHEN R PROULX Theoretical evolutionary biologist at Iowa State University, USA ISABEL SCOTT Ph.D candidate in evolutionary psychology at Bristol University, UK GLENN H SHEPARD Medical anthropologist, University of East Anglia, UK LINDA SMOLAK Samuel B Cummings Jr. Professor of Psychology and Professor of Women's and Gender Studies, USA SYBIL A STREETER Graduate student in the Department of Psychology , University of Pittsburgh, USA LOUIS G TASSINARY Professor of Architecture and an adjunct Professor of Psychology, as well as Associate Dean for Research and Director of Graduate Studies, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University, USA J KEVIN THMPSON Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of South Florida, USA MARTIN J TOVEE Reader in visual cognition at the Psychology Department, Newcastle University, UK DOUGLAS W YU Behavioural and spatial ecologist, University of East Anglia, UK

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