Does facial attractiveness really signal immunocompetence?

Benedict C. Jones, Iris J. Holzleitner, Victor Shiramizu

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The dominant theory of facial attractiveness judgments is that they evolved to identify healthy individuals with strong immune systems. Here, we summarize results of recent tests of this hypothesis, concluding that it has little compelling empirical support. We then propose an alternative perspective that emphasizes the effects of lifestyle health.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1018-1020
Number of pages3
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Issue number12
Early online date5 Oct 2021
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 5 Oct 2021


  • facial attractiveness
  • immunocompetence


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