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Aspects of Facial Contrast Decrease with Age and Are Cues for Age Perception

Overview of attention for article published in PLOS ONE, March 2013
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Title
Aspects of Facial Contrast Decrease with Age and Are Cues for Age Perception
Published in
PLOS ONE, March 2013
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0057985
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Authors

Aurélie Porcheron, Emmanuelle Mauger, Richard Russell

Abstract

Age is a primary social dimension. We behave differently toward people as a function of how old we perceive them to be. Age perception relies on cues that are correlated with age, such as wrinkles. Here we report that aspects of facial contrast-the contrast between facial features and the surrounding skin-decreased with age in a large sample of adult Caucasian females. These same aspects of facial contrast were also significantly correlated with the perceived age of the faces. Individual faces were perceived as younger when these aspects of facial contrast were artificially increased, but older when these aspects of facial contrast were artificially decreased. These findings show that facial contrast plays a role in age perception, and that faces with greater facial contrast look younger. Because facial contrast is increased by typical cosmetics use, we infer that cosmetics function in part by making the face appear younger.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Puerto Rico 1 <1%
France 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
Unknown 97 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 22 22%
Researcher 15 15%
Other 10 10%
Student > Master 10 10%
Student > Bachelor 10 10%
Other 23 23%
Unknown 11 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 43 43%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 12%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 11 11%
Computer Science 6 6%
Chemistry 2 2%
Other 8 8%
Unknown 19 19%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 221. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 09 March 2021.
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#129,901
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Outputs from PLOS ONE
#2,073
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Outputs of similar age
#720
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Outputs of similar age from PLOS ONE
#52
of 4,677 outputs
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