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The effects of face attractiveness on face memory depend on both age of perceiver and age of face
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Aging Research Center (ARC), (together with KI). Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology, Biological psychology.
Number of Authors: 42019 (English)In: Cognition & Emotion, ISSN 0269-9931, E-ISSN 1464-0600Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Face attractiveness can influence memory for previously seen faces. This effect has been shown to differ for young and older perceivers. Two parallel studies examined the moderation of both the age of the face and the age of the perceiver on the relationship between facial attractiveness and face memory. Study 1 comprised 29 young and 31 older participants; Study 2 comprised 25 young and 24 older participants. In both studies, participants completed an incidental face encoding and a surprise old/new recognition test with young and older faces that varied in face attractiveness. Face attractiveness affected memory for young but not older faces. In addition, young but not older perceivers showed a linear effect of facial attractiveness on memory for young faces, while both young and older perceivers showed a quadratic effect on memory for young faces. These findings extend previous work by demonstrating that the effect of facial attractiveness on face memory is a function of both the age of the perceiver and the age of the face. Factors that could account for such moderations of face and perceiver age on the associations between face attractiveness and face memory are discussed (e.g. age differences in social goals and face similarity/distinctiveness).

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2019.
Keywords [en]
face attractiveness, face memory, face age, perceiver age
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-176691DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2019.1694491ISI: 000497540700001PubMedID: 31747845OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-176691DiVA, id: diva2:1377246
Available from: 2019-12-11 Created: 2019-12-11 Last updated: 2020-01-20

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