Historically, craniofacial genetic research has understandably focused on identifying the causes of craniofacial anomalies and it has only been within the last 10 years, that there has been a drive to detail the biological basis of normal-range facial variation. This initiative has been facilitated by the availability of low-cost hi-resolution three-dimensional systems which have the ability to capture the facial details of thousands of individuals quickly and accurately. Simultaneous advances in genotyping technology have enabled the exploration of genetic influences on facial phenotypes, both in the present day and across human history.
It might seem a reasonable assumption that when we are not actively using our faces to express ourselves i. These findings meaningfully replicate and extend earlier work examining age-related emotion cues in the face of elderly women Malatesta et al. We discuss these findings in light of evidence that women are expected to, and do, smile more than men, and that the quality of their smiles predicts their life satisfaction.
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A smile can make all the difference in professional interactions, but your canines may not be the only facial feature that could be impacting your career. A range of research published in Psychological Science suggests that the width of your face, the tilt of your head, and — in males — the hair on your face all hold the potential to project a more intimidating professional presence. Previous research on facial width-to-height ratio fWHR has been mixed: while some researchers have found evidence of a link between greater width and actual or perceived antisocial tendencies in men, others have not. Our evolutionary past can color our perceptual present, and our professional interactions, in other ways as well, influencing our opportunities for promotion and other leadership roles in the workplace. Belinda M. Craig of Curtin University and the University of New England recently demonstrated this in a study in which participants categorized the emotional displays of pictures of both bearded and clean-shaven men. Across a series of experiments, Craig and colleagues found that participants were faster to recognize anger on bearded faces, and slower to recognize happiness or sadness on those faces.
Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications volume 6 , Article number: 53 Cite this article. Metrics details. Faces judged as stereotypically Black are perceived negatively relative to less stereotypical faces. In this experiment, artificial faces were constructed to examine the effects of nose width, lip fullness, and skin reflectance, as well as to study the relations among perceived dominance, threat, and Black stereotypicality. Using a multilevel structural equation model to isolate contributions of the facial features and the participant demographics, results showed that stereotypicality was related to wide nose, darker reflectance, and to a lesser extent full lips; threat was associated with wide nose, thin lips, and low reflectance; dominance was mainly related to nose width. Facial features explained variance among faces, suggesting that face-type bias in this sample was related to specific face features rather than particular characteristics of the participant. Faces judged as stereotypically Black i.