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Identifying Cognitive Preferences for Attractive Female Faces: An Event-Related Potential Experiment Using a Study-Test Paradigm
Yan Zhang1,2; Fanchang Kong1; Hong Chen1; Todd Jackson1; Li Han2; Jing Meng1; Zhou Yang1; Jianguo Gao2; Abbasi Najam ul Hasan1,3
2011-07-29
Source PublicationJournal of Neuroscience Research
ISSN0360-4012
Volume89Issue:11Pages:1887-1893
Abstract

In this experiment, sensitivity to female facial attractiveness was examined by comparing event-related potentials (ERPs) in response to attractive and unattractive female faces within a study-test paradigm. Fourteen heterosexual participants (age range 18-24 years, mean age 21.67 years) were required to judge 84 attractive and 84 unattractive face images as either "attractive" or "unattractive." They were then asked whether they had previously viewed each face in a recognition task in which 50% of the images were novel. Analyses indicated that attractive faces elicited more enhanced ERP amplitudes than did unattractive faces in judgment (N300 and P350-550 msec) and recognition (P160 and N250-400 msec and P400-700 msec) tasks on anterior locations. Moreover, longer reaction times and higher accuracy rate were observed in identifying attractive faces than unattractive faces. In sum, this research identified neural and behavioral bases related to cognitive preferences for judging and recognizing attractive female faces. Explanations for the results are that attractive female faces arouse more intense positive emotions in participants than do unattractive faces, and they also represent reproductive fitness and mating value from the evolutionary perspective. 

KeywordAttractiveness Cognitive Preferences Erp Female Faces
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1002/jnr.22724
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Indexed BySSCI ; SSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaNeurosciences & Neurology
WOS SubjectNeurosciences
WOS IDWOS:000295430100019
PublisherWILEY-BLACKWELL, COMMERCE PLACE, 350 MAIN ST, MALDEN 02148, MA USA
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHong Chen
Affiliation1.Key Laboratory of Cognition and Personality (Ministry of Education), School of Psychology, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
2.Department of Educational Science, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang, China
3.Department of Psychology, Federal Government College, Islamabad, Pakistan
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Yan Zhang,Fanchang Kong,Hong Chen,et al. Identifying Cognitive Preferences for Attractive Female Faces: An Event-Related Potential Experiment Using a Study-Test Paradigm[J]. Journal of Neuroscience Research,2011,89(11):1887-1893.
APA Yan Zhang,Fanchang Kong,Hong Chen,Todd Jackson,Li Han,Jing Meng,Zhou Yang,Jianguo Gao,&Abbasi Najam ul Hasan.(2011).Identifying Cognitive Preferences for Attractive Female Faces: An Event-Related Potential Experiment Using a Study-Test Paradigm.Journal of Neuroscience Research,89(11),1887-1893.
MLA Yan Zhang,et al."Identifying Cognitive Preferences for Attractive Female Faces: An Event-Related Potential Experiment Using a Study-Test Paradigm".Journal of Neuroscience Research 89.11(2011):1887-1893.
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