The Science Behind The Perception Of Beauty

When it comes to who you find attractive, a new Mass General research study suggests that environment and experience may have more influence than your genetic makeup. The online study, led by Laura Germine, PhD, used sets of twins to estimate the relative contributions of genetic and environmental variation when judging attractiveness of a series of faces.

The results showed that identical twins did not have a much higher rate of agreement on attractiveness than non-identical twins, even though they share twice as many genes, suggesting that the appreciation of beauty is learned, not inherited.

 

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