Master of Arts in Psychology
First Committee Member
Murray Millar, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
Kathleen Ja Sook Bergquist
Number of Pages
The answer to what makes a face attractive has been debated for generations and studied in different disciplines. The current study investigated African American and Caucasian males' evaluation (attraction) to racialized female faces. Faces varied from 100% African American to 100% Caucasian (and included variations that were 25% of either group, or 50% of both groups). Twenty African American and 30 Caucasian men each viewed ten faces, and evaluated them in terms of their appearance and the likelihood that the men would interact with (befriend, date, or marry) the person pictured. Findings revealed that African American men found the 100% African American face attractive (and more positive in other respects), with decreasing evaluations for the 75%, 50% and 25% African American faces. African American men evaluated the 100% Caucasian face more positively than the mixed race faces. White men, in contrast, viewed the 100% African American face as least attractive (and least favorable in other respects), and the Caucasian face most attractive (and favorable). Findings were discussed in terms of the significance for stereotyping, attractiveness, race relations, and future research.
Aesthetics – Psychological aspects; African American attraction; African American men; Face perception; Facial attraction; Facial averaging; Female facial attraction; Physical attraction; Race discrimination – Psychological aspects; Men; White
Cognition and Perception | Psychology | Race and Ethnicity | Social Psychology
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Watson, Rhea M., "African American and Caucasian males' evaluation of racialized female facial averages" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 366.
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