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The More Attractive, the Less Deceptive? Effects of Female Facial Attractiveness on Perceived Deceptiveness

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DOI: 10.4236/psych.2018.94032    508 Downloads   1,288 Views Citations

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We examined whether the facial attractiveness of females affects their perceived deceptiveness. We recorded three female models as they responded to 15 self-introductory interview questions while wearing makeup to make them look more and less attractive. The video clips were presented in high versus low attractiveness conditions to adolescent participants (both males and females), who rated the model’s attractiveness and deceptiveness after her reply to each of the questions. Two of the models in the high attractiveness condition were rated as significantly more attractive. Two-way ANOVAs on the deceptiveness ratings of each reply revealed that deceptiveness was generally, but not strongly, lower in the high attractiveness condition than in the low attractiveness condition. The present technique of manipulating facial attractiveness is applicable to future research.

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Murai, J. , Nose, I. and Takiguchi, Y. (2018) The More Attractive, the Less Deceptive? Effects of Female Facial Attractiveness on Perceived Deceptiveness. Psychology, 9, 529-539. doi: 10.4236/psych.2018.94032.

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