Tilting Head Boosts Your Attractiveness

Women should try to look shorter, men taller
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Are these heads tilted for maximum attractiveness? Discuss.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – How attractive you look might have a lot to do with how you tilt your head. According to a new study, women appear more comely if they tilt their faces forward so that they have to look slightly upward, while men earn higher marks if they lean their heads back and look slightly down their nose.

Researchers suspect it’s because these postures mimic or exaggerate traditional height differences between men and women. The tests were conducted using computer-generated 3D facial images tilted in different directions. “These findings contribute enormously to our understanding of the role of facial attractiveness in evolution,” one researcher tells the Daily Telegraph. Next, she plans to study whether people unconsciously tilt their heads that way when flirting.

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