Attentional adhesion forces us to look at beautiful people

September 17, 2007

The eyes have it.
clipped from www.physorg.com

Whether we are seeking a mate or sizing up a potential rival, good-looking people capture our attention nearly instantaneously and render us temporarily helpless to turn our eyes away from them, according to a new Florida State University study.

“It’s like magnetism at the level of visual attention,” said Jon Mane
In a series of three experiments, Maner and his colleagues found that the study participants, all heterosexual men and women, fixated on highly attractive people within the first half of a second of seeing them. Single folks ogled the opposite sex, of course, but those in committed relationships also checked people out, with one major difference: They were more interested in beautiful people of the same sex.
Modern technology has enhanced these pitfalls.
Maner said he was surprised that his studies showed little differences between the sexes when it came to fixating on eye-catching people.
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