Standard Article

Physical Attractiveness

  1. Elaine Hatfield,
  2. Richard L. Rapson

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0681

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Hatfield, E. and Rapson, R. L. 2010. Physical Attractiveness. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

Author Information

  1. University of Hawaii

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Physical attractiveness has been defined as “that which represents one's conception of the ideal in appearance; that which gives the greatest degree of pleasure to the senses” (Hatfield & Sprecher, 1986, p. 4).


  • beauty;
  • handsomeness;
  • human sexuality;
  • evolutionary psychology;
  • facial symmetry