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1 February 2009 Dress for Success: Human Facial Expressions are Important Signals of Emotions
Mare Lõhmus, L. Fredrik Sundström, Mats Björklund
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Abstract

In order to test how emotions affect individual neutral facial expressions and the reliability of humans to read these expressions, we photographed faces of 25 women wearing clothes in which they felt attractive, unattractive, or comfortable while expressing an emotionally neutral face. Men found the faces of women in attractive clothes the most attractive, whereas the faces of women in comfortable and unattractive clothes were ranked as intermediate and least attractive, respectively, even though the clothes were not visible in the photographs. Our results demonstrate that despite very subtle effects, the emotional state of women is perceived by men and that the two sexes are concordant on the signal sent and received. We show a close connection between exterior attributes, confidence, and how a person is perceived by others.

© Finnish Zoological and Botanical Publishing Board 2009
Mare Lõhmus, L. Fredrik Sundström, and Mats Björklund "Dress for Success: Human Facial Expressions are Important Signals of Emotions," Annales Zoologici Fennici 46(1), 75-80, (1 February 2009). https://doi.org/10.5735/086.046.0108
Received: 8 August 2008; Accepted: 1 November 2008; Published: 1 February 2009
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