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Symmetry 2010, 2(2), 1081-1098; doi:10.3390/sym2021081

The Relationships between Symmetry and Attractiveness and Mating Relevant Decisions and Behavior: A Review

Department of Psychology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 17837, USA
Received: 30 April 2010 / Revised: 8 May 2010 / Accepted: 24 May 2010 / Published: 26 May 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Symmetry and Beauty)
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Evolutionary theory based research shows that attractiveness is based on biological correlates that index appropriate estrogen and testosterone levels. Symmetry affects or plays a role in the perception of many of these correlates of attractiveness. Additionally, since attractiveness affects infidelity perception and reactions, sexual satisfaction, and personality perception, symmetry also affects these areas. This paper reviews the literature on symmetry showing how symmetry affects: the correlates of attractiveness, sexual satisfaction, personality, and infidelity perceptions and reactions.
Keywords: symmetry; attractiveness; attraction; mating decisions symmetry; attractiveness; attraction; mating decisions
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Wade, T.J. The Relationships between Symmetry and Attractiveness and Mating Relevant Decisions and Behavior: A Review. Symmetry 2010, 2, 1081-1098.

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