Gary W. Lewandowski Jr., Department of Psychology, Monmouth University; Arthur Aron, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Julie Gee, Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Personality goes a long way: The malleability of opposite-sex physical attractiveness
Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 571–585, December 2007
How to Cite
LEWANDOWSKI, G. W., ARON, A. and GEE, J. (2007), Personality goes a long way: The malleability of opposite-sex physical attractiveness. Personal Relationships, 14: 571–585. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6811.2007.00172.x
- Issue published online: 21 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 21 NOV 2007
This study tested the influence of personality information on judgments of physical attractiveness. Employing a within-subject design, 56 female and 22 male college students rated attractiveness of opposite-sex photos; participated in a distraction task; viewed each photo again, along with personality information (desirable, undesirable, none); and then rated the photos for physical attractiveness, desirability as a friend, and desirability as a dating partner. Personality information produced significant changes in ratings of physical attractiveness for attractive, neutral, and unattractive targets. The pattern of results is consistent with a model in which desirability of the target’s personality leads to greater desirability as a friend, leading to greater desirability as a dating partner, leading to the target being judged as more physically attractive.