Women avoid "abnormal" babies more often tu-bend writes "Discovery is running a story about the surprising results of a study in which men and women were presented with pictures of "cute" and "abnormal" (i.e. babies with cleft palate Down's Syndrome, etc.), it was the women who clicked through the "abnormal" pictures faster. Interesting summary bits from the article:
Psychiatrists from the Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital, who were studying perceptions of beauty, had expected women to spend more time than men cooing over pictures of extra-cute babies. Nope.
This time 13 men and 14 women were shown 80 photos of babies, 30 of whom had abnormal facial features such as a cleft palate, Down syndrome or crossed eyes. Participants rated each baby's attractiveness on a scale of zero to 100, and used keystrokes to make the photo stay on the screen longer or disappear faster.
I keep using quoty fingers around "cute" and "abnormal" because I think that there needs to be much further controlled research and because these definitions are arbitrary. Glaringly subjective material aside, it's an interesting finding."
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