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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 %
France 2 3%
United Kingdom 2 3%
Italy 1 2%
Czechia 1 2%
Puerto Rico 1 2%
Unknown 57 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 23%
Student > Master 9 14%
Other 8 13%
Student > Bachelor 7 11%
Researcher 5 8%
Other 20 31%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 32 50%
Unspecified 9 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 8 13%
Medicine and Dentistry 6 9%
Computer Science 4 6%
Other 5 8%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 209. 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 27 November 2018.
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#59,169
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#1,304
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