Saturday, 18 May 2013

Visiting speaker: Ed Morrison

Something in the way she moves: motion and physical attractiveness

University of Portsmouth

Date: 23 May 2013
Time: 4pm
Venue: HG09

Much has been learned in recent decades about physical attractiveness in humans. Computer graphics techniques have given us much insight into the biological basis of beauty. However, a potential limitation of much of this research is that it relies on static images, whereas real-life judgments are made on dynamic, moving stimuli. In the animal kingdom, movement is certainly important when it comes to courtship, but not much is known about whether movement itself is important in human attractiveness. I will present evidence using motion-tracking and motion-capture technology that movement of the face and body does contain important information about attractiveness. Furthermore, the way you move may be as important as the way you look for some aspects of attractiveness. New technology for studying movement is opening up a previously unexplored research avenue.

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